CHICAGO — This is deja vu for the St. Louis Blues. Just like last year, they took a 2-0 lead at home in a first-round series with the defending Stanley Cup champions – Alex Steen scoring the overtime winner in Game 1, Barret Jackman scoring the dramatic winner in Game 2. Just like last year, they played well on the road in Game 3 but lost, anyway.
Last year, they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games. What now against the Chicago Blackhawks? Game 4 is Wednesday night. Will the Blues crumble again and fail to validate themselves as contenders, or will they take a step forward and show this organization has grown?
“When you’re knocking off a defending champion, they’re not a defending champion because they have skill,” said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. “It’s because they’ve got resolve. You’re trying to beat their resolve. You’re not trying to beat their skill. Everybody’s got skill. And it is one hell of a challenge.”
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