The St. Louis Blues feel they’ve possibly gotten into the heads of the Red Wings after Tuesday’s 3-2 victory.
That was the second consecutive victory by the Blues over the Wings this season, two games that have been hard-fought and as physical as any the Wings have seen this season.
“When you play Detroit, you decide you’re either all-in … because if you’re just a little bit in, they push you right out,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “The thing that has impressed me is that for two games now, we’ve had an all-in mentality and we’ve been competitive against them and that’s a really good sign. They sniff out mental weakness and they just take advantage of it like crazy. I told our players, we just can’t show any cracks against these guys because they’ll push you right out. We didn’t and that’s what made me happy.”
Add Blues captain David Backes: ” Typically it’s us getting off our game, taking the extra penalty. We just started to play hard, stuck to our game plan a little bit longer than we typically do and it’s a sign of things going in the right direction.”