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Pietrangelo out on Monday

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--The Blues played Monday without defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who is nursing a lower-body injury, according to the team. Pietrangelo skated Monday morning but was ruled out in a game-time decision. Minus their top defender, the Blues need more out of Barret Jackman and Kevin Shattenkirk, but they didn't receive any help from those two in Game 2. Jackman was a minus-3 and while Shattenkirk was even, he was on the ice for two of L.A.'s goals. It's a no-brainer, we need to step our game up, we need to be ready to take on some big minutes and some big players on their team," Shattenkirk said. "I think we're ready for the challenge. We're both not happy with we've been going so far. We both know that we have another gear that we're ready to reach."

--Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was named Monday as one of three finalists for the Jack Adams award as the NHL's coach of the year. Hitchcock, who will be up against the Rangers' John Totorella and Ottawa's Paul MacLean, has been nominated four times in his career, but never won. "You know, when you make a decision to coach as a living, there's times when you really need your family and friends," Hitchcock said. "The last year and a half, I really needed family and friends. First to keep me sane and keep me occupied, keep me interested in doing this wonderful job that we (have)."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"The playoffs, it's one loss and you move on. There's some obvious things that we have to address. But full marks to (the Kings)." -- Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, after his team's 5-2 loss to the Kings in Game 2 Monday.

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