Blues blow another lead, struggling to ‘close teams out’

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The Blues blew another lead last night in Denver, falling 4-3 in overtime to an Avs side that had trailed 3-1 early in the second period.

It was 3-2 until Nathan MacKinnon tied it with 89 seconds remaining in regulation.

“We made two critical errors on the tying goal,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told the Post-Dispatch. “We gave it away in the offensive zone, and then we iced the puck, gave them a second chance when we didn’t have to.”

The newspaper points out that it was “the fourth time in the past nine games that the Blues had relinquished a lead of two goals or greater.” Tuesday at home, the Blues blew a 2-0 lead to Ottawa and lost 3-2 in overtime.

St. Louis now has just one win its last six outings. Its only victory came in overtime against Nashville. And guess what? In that one, the Blues led the Preds, 3-1, late in the third.

“We’ve got to find ways to close teams out,” said forward Troy Brouwer. “It’s been way too many times this season.”