Video: Hitch hammers the Blues: ‘This is a wake-up call’

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“We’ve given up more odd-man rushes in six hockey games than we did in two months last year. And you can’t win like that. This is a wake-up call. The alarm bell’s going off. You can’t have half the group buying in, and the other half not. This is a real good eye-opener for us.”

So yeah, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t too happy with how his team has started the season. St. Louis (2-3-1) lost its second straight last night, dropping a 4-1 decision at home to Vancouver.

Hitchcock cited Vancouver’s second goal as a “perfect example” of what the Blues need to avoid in order to be successful:

“To give up a 2-on-1 from that distance…that’s not us. We don’t give up breakaways. We don’t force plays into the middle of the ice.”

The Blues host their rivals from Chicago on Saturday.