So being at the game live....
1st period - the Blues played in solid 5 man units, the game flowed more than Hitchcock tends to like with even play at both ends, no significant zone pressure from either team and the Blues come out ahead 2-0. Not once did I see a Blues line change where forward went straight to the offensive blue line looking for a stretch pass. Also in the first period, Blues forwards were more aggressively defending the points when the Lightning did enter the zone. That stopped in the 2nd with idiots looking for non-existent stretch passes again.
2nd period proves Hitchcock can't leave success alone. After the 4th line with Megan at C actually plays well generates a goal - off the rush, no less - Hitch moves Megan to the 3rd line and the 4th line disappears again along with the 3rd line which hadn't done squat. On top of that, we suddenly see on almost every line change (4th line excluded) one Blues forward coming off the bench and bee-lining to a spot on the offensive blue line looking for a non-existent stretch pass opportunity.
This has to be coached, because it happens too consistently and didn't happen at all, at least that I noticed, in the 1st period.
Don't really give a darn about the 1st goal against - PP screened shot.
2nd goal against, however, there is a severe lack of communication to Edmundson or judgment by Edmundson, don't know which. He's following an attacker behind the net, that attacker sends the puck so high in the zone, #6 has no chance in hell of getting to the puck, so does he stay with his man?? No, he chases the puck leaving him defending nothing and hanging Pietrangelo and Allen out to dry with 2 Bolts in front of the net. Stay with the lower man #6. And Lehtera was pressuring where the puck went to force a quick decision, so #6 was doubly wrong to chase the puck.
3rd period and 3rd goal against - more of the same 2nd period nonsense. 3rd goal was absolutely disgusting defense by the Blues. Tyler Johnson enters the zone and gets the puck deep. Behind him, the Lightning execute a line change. 3 Blues attempt to defend Johnson, but do they bother trying to defend both sides of him?? No. they all go to the same side, Johnson simply turns and skates away getting the puck to a now wide open point due to the entire team basically ignoring the Lightning line change, 3/5th of the skaters failing to stop Johnson, and covering no one. Disgusting defensive zone play.
Blues need new coaches given that these coaches made adjustments to have the team do what has not been working away from what was working in the 1st period. So what if the game has too much back and forth flow?? The Blues look like a better team playing a flow game and not the stodgy, slow, plodding game this staff prefers. This flow thing - it was working vs Dallas and it was working vs the Lightning. Why the hell the Blues coaches don't see this and that it favors the makeup of the team? I have no idea. 5 man tight units work for this roster. The spread out always looking for the home run play clearly does not.