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Blues on costly turnover: 'Those things happen'

St. Louis won't blame Edmundson for play that changed Game 4 loss to Stars

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues felt like they were in control of Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

The Blues were leading in the second period even though they left a couple of goals on the ice in the first.

But the Stars pounced on a mistake and got themselves back in the best-of-7 series with a 3-2 overtime win that evened it 2-2 with Game 5 in Dallas on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Blues rookie defenseman Joel Edmundson made a critical error that led to Stars center Radek Faksa scoring to tie the game 1-1 4:05 into the second period, sucking the life out of Scottrade Center and giving Dallas momentum.

Edmundson, near his goal line to the left of goalie Brian Elliott, tried to deliver a high-risk pass through the middle of the ice. Faksa picked it off and beat Elliott through his five-hole.

Edmundson, who went off the ice after hitting his stick against the goal post, immediately got a pep talk from Blues associate coach Brad Shaw. The message: It was just a mistake and the 22-year-old rookie needed to keep his head in the game.

"Young player, they're going to make mistakes," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Pretty rich competition too. Everybody knew this was going to be a hard series.

"I don't want to get into going after a guy. Wrong time to do it."

Video: Ken Hitchcock talks about a 3-2 OTL in Game 4

Elliott, who made 25 saves, said it's a situation that happens, and instead of harping on a young player, the veterans made sure Edmundson, in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs, kept his focus.

"Yeah, those things happen," Elliott said. "You just kind of have to forget about it, shake it off, and go out and make your next shift your best. The same with me, don't let anything faze you, just keep plugging away, and we did a good job. We tied it up (after trailing 2-1).

"... I wasn't on the bench, but I'm sure everybody was picking him up. Everybody knows when they make a mistake, or something like that. It's no use kind of yelling at each other, it's just picking each other up and getting back out there."

It started a series of events that eventually led to a tiebreaking power-play goal for the Stars -- their first in the series in 13 tries -- and Dallas fed off it by getting into their transition game with St. Louis playing too much lateral hockey.

"Yeah, I think at times; I think we had a lot of good looks doing that north game," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "We got away from it for longer stretches with the puck, but overall we did some good things. Certainly a lot of stuff to build off of; I mean between tonight and Game 3 (a 6-1 win) there's a lot of stuff to build off of."

Cody Eakin scored 2:58 into overtime to give Dallas the victory, and St. Louis gave back home-ice advantage after having a chance to move one win from reaching the conference final.

"We didn't have enough," Blues captain David Backes said. "They got the overtime game-winner and now we're tied 2-2 in a best-of-3."

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