St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen stood at his stall inside the visiting locker room, visibly upset after Monday's 2-0 shutout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
But Steen, along with his teammates and head coach Ken Hitchcock, weren't unhappy with their game as a whole. In fact, Hitchcock went as far as to say it was one of the best road games he's seen his team play.
But when it came to the Blues' special teams performance, there were pros and cons to take out of the evening.
"Our penalty kill was good tonight and our power play could have won us the game and didn't," Steen said rather bluntly.
Yes, the Blues' power play didn't generate enough to find the back of the net in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series. That was mainly due to Corey Crawford's stellar performance in net as he went on to make 34 saves for the Blackhawks.
But what stood out more was the Blues' penalty kill, which held the Blackhawks to virtually nothing throughout the night; that even included 37 seconds of 5-on-3 play in the second period.
The Blues were happy with the contributions they made when they were down a man (or two) and are confident that type of kill will be a big factor moving forward in the series.
“We had some great block and good decisions on the kill," goaltender Ryan Miller said. "To kill that five-on-three at the end of the (second) period, put us in a situation going into the third where we were just down by a goal, so I thought we did a great job. A lot of guys have been working in and looking really good.”