ST. LOUIS –Points to reflect on a magical Sunday afternoon when Elias Pettersson found a 200-foot playground for his five-point career, Brock Boeser found a bit of luck and a quick pitch for his second hat-trick and Travis Green found out more about his club in transition in a convincing 6-1 win over the bewildering Blues:
Green's gang is applauded
Travis Green is part coach, part mentor, part psychologist. And it has to be.
The bench's boss walked a fine line this season because losses wear out young players and they can simply slip in the dark because they do not sue setbacks as well as veterans who learn to move fast from game to game.
That's why the Sunday effort resonated with the coach on several levels.
Here's what he said about the key developments for the club's first two-game winning streak in five weeks:
When playing with a lead and keeping it: "It was a good win for our group. Lots of positives. I like how we play with the lead and we're talking when you have an edge, how do you play with it? They did a good job for sure.
On what a winning streak of two games does: "Belief, I think. Explaining to a young team, you will get results and try to make them believe. The results help to know how hard they are working and a man they are competing hard. We have to be in it emotionally and physically and be engaged. "
When killing less than four minutes: "Set the tone a little. Not only do we kill (and we do not allow any kicks), we did such a good job and we took our breath away, and when you have the PK struggling, you worry about it when you get a penalty. Slowly you regain confidence with good deaths like this.
In Pettersson's second pointer: "He has the formation of a very special player.It was one of those nights like a lot of good players where he can almost do it silently and subtly made good passes and he has a shooter in his line now.He is a smart player Even when we had the lead, he was not trying to push or push for more points and when you do that, good things happen. "