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06-07-2012, 10:30 AM
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So now the Blues are a small team? Compared with the rest of the league they're widely considered one of the biggest, most physical teams out there. What happened against LA was the defense couldn't smoothly handle the LA forecheck. If it had been the Blues smoothly clearing their own zone and constantly pressuring LA's defense it would have looked like the Blues "bullying" the Kings. The other aspect of this was the Kings gained institutional knowledge from their playoff exits the previous two seasons that to win you have to initiate and not retaliate. The Blues got a taste of that and it's not a function of playing or not playing Chris Stewart that is the difference, as the argument is specifically becoming (we can't trade Stewart because it makes a playoff difference). It has nothing to do with one guy (who doesn't play that way anyhow). It's a function of a team-wide attitude and understanding that you hit first and let the other team react with bad penalties.

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