Blues closing gap with Avs — but there’s still a gap

Jim Thomas

A year ago in the opening round against Colorado, the Blues were swept in four games. They were outscored 20-7 and held a lead for a measly 7 minutes 12 seconds over the entire series.

This year in the just-completed second round against Colorado, the Blues lost the series four games to two. They were outscored 22-18 and held a lead for 94:02.

The point being this: Colorado remains the team to beat in the Central Division and Western Conference. But the Blues have closed the gap.

“Oh for sure,” coach Craig Berube said after Friday’s wrenching 3-2 loss ended the series and the season for the Blues. “I think we’re right there, we’re right there. Our team plays hard, our team battles. We do lot of good things.”

Just not enough good things over a six-game series to topple the Stanley Cup favorites, who have won 15 of 21 games against St. Louis over the past two seasons.

“That’s a highly-skilled team over there,” Berube continued. “They’ve got a lot of offense, they got a lot of good players. I guess you could ask — you want more from some guys maybe, but I thought we played them pretty well, I really did.

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