Blues realize implications of Game 4 at United Center

Blues realize implications of Game 4 at United Center

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21: Ryan Miller #39 of the St. Louis Blues stops a shot by Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks as Alex Pietrangelo #27 defends in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman / Hockey StL

KMOV.com

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

CHICAGO, Ill. -- If the Blues win, they're up 3-1 over the Blackhawks with a chance to clinch the series back home in Game 5.  If they lose, they're knotted up 2-2 and have given all momentum to the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Yes, Game 4 is big tonight for the Blues at the United Center.

They don't want to have to win Game 5 just to keep home ice over Chicago.

“Learn from your experiences. We lost twice to L.A. the same way," Alex Pietrangelo said. "We’ve kind of looked back at that. We have to use that as an opportunity to learn from it. We feel like we’ve matured from that. We’ve got a group of guys here who have learned from that. That’s all you can really do. It’s not easy to come in here and win a hockey game, but I thought we played real well.”

The Blues believe they've played some of their best hockey this series, especially in Game 3 when they lost 2-0 at the United Center.  Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was just too good.

“He made some big saves. That’s what I’m saying. We need to capitalize on those opportunities, some open nets and tips that are a few inches a way from the game going the other way,” Pietrangelo said.

“I thought we played a lot of the game in their zone. We carried the tempo of the game, especially the second half of the game. Early on they had some opportunities obviously. Anytime you get in front of these fans you’re going to be playing with a little extra step. But second half of the game we really turned it in our favor. We put pucks deep. We played the way we want to play and got them on their heels,” Pietrangelo said of the Blues recent play.

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