The better team won clearly.
I hear people say that, and it's just not true.
Yes, the Kings were the better team in this series, clearly. They deserved to win. But when both teams are playing their best, the Blues are clearly superior. Over the course of the season that played out.
For whatever reason, we fumbled passes, made bad decisions, turned the puck over, Elliott forgot how to play goal and when LA came at us in waves, it was a mismatch.
If the Kings were "the better team", they wouldn't have finished 8th in the West. They got hot at the right time, the Blues slumped at the wrong time, things bounced the Kings' way and they rode their "on fire" goalie to a 4-game sweep. It was like a perfect storm for LA.
I don't think I've ever seen so many bounces go one team's way in a series. It was crazy. That play in Gm. 4 where Kopitar knocks the puck off the goal line and clears it right into Quick's glove as he dives back...are you kidding me? That is a microcosm of the entire series right there. Everything bounced LA's way...and even when we got a bounce, LA got a bounce and a goal 2 minutes later to sap any momentum we may have had. Yes, you make your own luck and hard work will get you those chances, but I've never seen anything like that before. It was like the hockey gods didn't want us to be able to do anything at all in that series.
Blues better than the Kings? No...they have Dustin Brown. They have Jeff Carter. They have Kopitar, Richards, Penner. And of course their alien goalie Quick which was a bit of a surprise for them. Management has built this team with the cup in mind. The Blues have...who? McDonald? Ok, McDonald's alright. Who else?
The Blues had a chance to bring a scorer during the trade deadline and they didn't. Doug Armstrong said "I like his team." That's really just another way of saying "we don't want to spend money if we think we don't have to."
We are lacking superstar(s). The Blues are so deprived that we think of players like Perron and Oshie as our big stars when they're other team's 4th-liners. We're not exactly as bad as the Islanders situation but we're still not built to win a cup. I'll give the Blues this - they play like a team. And playing like a team is truly important and has got them into the 2nd round of playoffs. But playing like a team isn't everything - management also have to be willing to fork out $$ for players. As a GM or president, you can't just sit back in your executive booth and "hope" for the best of both worlds - that your team makes it by spending the littlest amount possible.
If we had one or two moderate superstars, someone to represent the Blues, like Hull, like what Pujols did with the Cardinals, combined with our team ethic, which I think is one of the best in the league, we might actually get somewhere.