Blues toughest team on home ice

Blues toughest team on home ice

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Phoenix Coyotes' Adrian Aucoin, left, skates past as St. Louis Blues congratulate teammate Jamie Langenbrunner on his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL

HockeyStL

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 6 at 10:59 AM

(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues have given its fans a lot to cheer about this season...especially on home ice.

The Blues are now 16-3-2 at the Scottrade Center this season following a 4-3 comeback win against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.  The Blues’ 16 home ice wins are most in the NHL.

“We want it to be a tough place to play at,” defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo said.  “You can ask every guy in the room where they love playing the most and we absolutely love playing in front of out home fans.  They really provide us the extra energy that we need.  Tonight is another reason why they are the best fans in the league.”

On Thursday, the fans may have given the Blues an extra jolt of energy when Alex Pietrangelo scored a power play goal 20 seconds into the third period to put the Blues down only one goal and shift the momentum of the game.

“They (fans) have been a huge factor all year for us,” head coach Ken Hitchcock said.  “I told the players this a week ago I think they get us points all the time.  When this game is tied or especially when we are up a goal...they are like playing for us.  It is a huge factor for us.”

The Blues play a total of nine home games and only two road games in January.  So far this month, the Blues are 2-0-0 with both games being played at home.

by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL

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