The Blues' stunning crash in the Western Conference semifinals is alarming. A rising team that rolled up 109 regular-season points before beating San Jose in the first round is being embarrassed by the Los Angeles Kings.
Trailing the dominant Kings 3-0, the Blues will try to avoid elimination Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.
Do you believe in miracles?
We've seen an assortment of understandable reactions from Blues fans. I don't blame anyone for being openly angry or quietly depressed. The Kings are destroying the excitement and the promise of the Blues' season, and it's difficult to watch.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new for Blues fans. That familiar, sinking feeling is settling in. Optimism has been slapped away by another hard shot of reality.