The Blues' home-ice advantage has done nothing for the club in Round 2. The road-warrior Los Angeles Kings won their fourth straight game in enemy territory Monday, 5-2, and now lead the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals 2-0.
"If we play like we did (Monday) with not enough guys going, it's going to be tough to win wherever we are," Blues captain David Backes said. "If we're playing on the moon, we're not going to win.
"We've got some looking in the mirror to do, some regrouping... we need to make some changes so that we're better. I think X's and O's and film, we've done that to death. It's about intestinal fortitude and coming together as a group."
The Blues surrendered their second shorthanded goal in two games -- L.A.'s fourth of the postseason -- to go down 2-0. Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo tried to clear a puck from the defensive zone and Dustin Brown knocked it down, before setting up Anze Kopitar for the first of his two goals in the game.
"Shorthanded goals... take away a lot of momentum," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We've had two shorthanded goals in two games. Careless play by us."
The Kings led 4-0 after the first period, the most goals in a playoff period for the franchise since 1993.
"It's embarrassing the way we came out in the first period," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said.
The Blues' Andy McDonald scored 18 seconds into the second period for a 4-1 deficit, but L.A. answered 1:08 later for a 5-1 advantage. Matt D'Agostini closed out the scoring for the Blues, but despite holding the Kings to a combined five shots on goal in the last two periods, the club didn't come close to climbing back into the game.
"Even it takes five overtimes... we've got to stick with it mentally and physically," Blues forward T.J. Oshie said.
The Blues will need to work overtime to get back into this series. Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.
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