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by Paul on 06/20/12 at 03:24 PM ET
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Last week, I sat down with Hitch and talked to him about the Blues’ playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the need for a playmaker at center, Chris Stewart and potential line combinations. Here are some highlights from the interview…
Hitchcock said that watching the LA Kings go on to win the Stanley Cup didn’t take away any of the sting in losing to the Kings in the second round. But it did help the Blues realize the level they need to reach. “Every player that I’ve talked to feels that there’s another gear in us, and we can get to that gear now that we have that experience,” Hitchcock said. “I think what really showed in the playoffs was that we were inexperienced at the level of commitment necessary to win against a really good team. The temperature of the games went up and we hadn’t been involved in anything like that before. It was like ‘on-the-job training.’ Now we know what it’s like and our players won’t be surprised by it.”
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