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Video: Hitch hammers the Blues: ‘This is a wake-up call’

St. Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Six

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 27: A young fan pounds on the glass as head coach Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues watches the finals minutes along with team members on the bench against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 5-1 to win the series four games to two. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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“We’ve given up more odd-man rushes in six hockey games than we did in two months last year. And you can’t win like that. This is a wake-up call. The alarm bell’s going off. You can’t have half the group buying in, and the other half not. This is a real good eye-opener for us.”

So yeah, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t too happy with how his team has started the season. St. Louis (2-3-1) lost its second straight last night, dropping a 4-1 decision at home to Vancouver.

Hitchcock cited Vancouver’s second goal as a “perfect example” of what the Blues need to avoid in order to be successful:

“To give up a 2-on-1 from that distance...that’s not us. We don’t give up breakaways. We don’t force plays into the middle of the ice.”

The Blues host their rivals from Chicago on Saturday.