​Saint Louis Blues manage to outdo Pittsburgh Penguins in a tight match

3/23/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Playing a tight game is one of the fundamental aspects of the performance that needs to be tweaked if a team has to have greater chances of succeeding in the playoffs and Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma wants his team to be ready to handle the heat when they proceed to the playoffs. When the playoffs begin the coming month the Penguins will be in it and Bylsma knows that the Penguins have the talent to make it far, all they need is the practice and mindset.
On the other hand, the Saint Louis Blues have the playoffs set as a target to reach and that is their motivation to up their game and overcome their opponents one way or the other. To then defeat is not an option and when they take to the ice they have only one intention: to win. The Blues managed to keep their dominance over the Eastern Conference with their win over the Penguins even though they boaster one of the best power plays in NHL. Just as they have managed to overcome the odds against other team, they scraped and fought and managed to get the advantage their way to win the match 1-0.
Blues goaltender Brian Elliot said that when in a close matchup against a team of high calibre, they proved they could be the better team by beating them.
"When you're in a tight game like that against a good team, the guys kind of rose up to the challenge and I tried to make a couple saves and get the rebounds out of the zone and they did the rest," Elliott said.
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said that the goal was unexpected and it was a well placed shot, hence he was unable to stop it from getting in the net.
"I just saw the guy raise his stick for the shot," Fleury said. "There were a bunch of people in front. I tried to cover some net but I didn't see it go in.
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