The Blues lost 4-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at Scottrade Center, and have not won consecutive games for more than a month. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

By Rob Rains

So much for the Blues building momentum from the Winter Classic win.

The Blues followed up that victory over the Blackhawks by going out Thursday night and losing 4-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes at Scottrade Center in what goalie Jake Allen called the team’s worst game of the year.

“We need to look ourselves in the mirror after that game,” Allen said. “Unfocused, not executing, just didn’t play our game at all. They pressure really well and we just didn’t react to it. I thought we had a lot more to give.”

The loss extended the Blues’ streak without consecutive wins, something they have not done for more than a month. They had a three-game winning streak from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.

“It’s frustrating. If there was a way we could put our finger on it it would be the first thing we would try to fix,” said Paul Stastny. “It’s mental, that’s the part we’ve got to sharpen up. Nobody is going to help us.”

Said coach Ken Hitchcock, “We certainly lost both ends of the special teams. That’s not a good sign. They outworked us. … It doesn’t matter where the energy is, we were in a position to get points late in the game and we didn’t do it.”

The game was tied 2-2 going to the third period, but the Blues gave up the go-ahead goal on a power play to Jeff Skinner with 6:08 left in the period. Derek Ryan added an empty-net goal, his second goal of the night, for the final margin.

The goal, Skinner’s 14th of the year, was only the second power play goal for the Hurricanes in 27 chances over their last nine games, and was their only one of five opportunities in the game.

Skinner’s goal came just 17 seconds after Blues’ defenseman Brad Hunt was called for slashing.

The Hurricanes made the goal stand up by killing off a Blues’ power play chance later in the period and went on to win for just the second time in five games since the Christmas break.

The Blues had one power-play goal of their own, from Vladimir Tarasenko, which briefly gave them a 2-1 lead in the second period but they were shut out on their other four chances with the man advantage. The goal was the 19th of the season for Tarasenko.

Defenseman Joel Edmundson scored the first goal for the Blues, his first of the season.