Sluggish start hurts Blues in loss to Ducks
ST. LOUIS -- Forget the Stanley Cup. What the Blues need now is a cup of coffee. Caffeinated. The club was caught sleep-skating again in the first period Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks, who absorbed a third-period surge from the Blues and held on for a 5-2 victory at Scottrade Center. The crowd of 17,646, however, was all too familiar with the desperation act. That routine and a few bucks will get you a cup of coffee. Well, on second thought ... "I think it's the same for every game," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you don't have a mindset of checking, then that affects your competitive level ... when your mindset is something other than checking to start with, that ...