Coach Ken Hitchcock said that the loss of Alex Pietrangelo early in the series really hurt the St. Louis Blues.
His injury in Game 1 may have been the turning point in the series as the Kings have dominated since. "We were thinking about this yesterday ... (Game 1) is 1-1 and we're probably playing better than they are," Hitchcock said. "(Pietrangelo) goes out and this whole thing changes. It's hard to believe that one player makes that big a difference. But this series changed dramatically with that one play. For whatever reason, we haven't been able to get back up to speed back there." Pietrangelo did return to action on Thursday for Game 3 and led the Blues in ice time at 26:34 minutes, picking up an assist and a minus-one rating in the 4-2 loss. He now has five assists and a plus-two rating in the 2012 playoffs.