Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blue Notes: Playoffs Mean Plenty of Work for Pietrangelo

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blue Notes: Playoffs Mean Plenty of Work for Pietrangelo

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CHICAGO * Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is averaging 28 minutes, 54 seconds after three games, the third most in the league, in the playoffs. (He's behind Drew Doughty of Los Angeles at 29:17 and Kris Letang of Pittsburgh at 29:01.) Pietrangelo played 28:27 in Game 3 after logging more than 11 minutes in the first period. That's just how it's going to be for Pietrangelo in the playoffs.

"Well, I think the first period, there was obviously a lot of special teams there," he said. "It's been fine for me. It's kind of been the same that it's been throughout the year, playing those minutes. If that's what I need to do, that's what I need to do. I think we've got a good rotation on the back end and up front of getting everybody in the mix when we need to do it. Obviously there are some matchups that we want on both sides of the ice. So some of us might have to be out there more than others, but everybody is chipping in, everybody is playing a big role."

"I think it's a not a lot different than the regular season," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We use him in every situation, you know. He has to play, I think he plays arguably the heaviest minutes in the league, because he plays against every team's top line and sometimes even in games he's playing 25 minutes, but he's getting the top lines every time. Top two lines at times. And then he's out there having to kill all the penalties and play second-unit power play. I think us, with the way we played him, has probably hurt his power-play numbers this year a little bit because we've had to use him so much in the other situations and when you're playing young defenseman, it falls on him and (Jay Bouwmeester) to play heavy matchup minutes and does such a great job. He's very underrated at getting us out of trouble. He really does an amazing job of getting us out of a lot of ditches that we get stuck in in our own zone."

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