Posted on April 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM
Sunday, Apr 20 at 12:22 PM
(HockeySTL) -- If there’s a team that shouldn’t be overconfident by being up 2-0 in a best-of-seven playoff series it’s the St. Louis Blues. Need I remind anyone they did the same thing a year ago to the Kings before dropping four straight to end their season?
But players say this is a different team.
You can tell by the way they continue to scrap for every last loose puck regardless of whether there’s six minutes left or six seconds left.
“This team doesn’t give up,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “We’ve come back from so many games this year. That’s why we won 52 games. Down by one, two, three or four it doesn’t matter. We find ways to come back in games. There’s a lot of character in this dressing room whether it’s the young guys or the older guys. Someone always seems to be stepping up.”
Still, the sting of a season ago should provide quite a good perspective on where the Blues are at this point. They simply held serve by winning their two games at home to start the series. A loss in either of these games and they would’ve lost home ice advantage.
Major challenges await at the United Center.
“Obviously there’s nothing that’s taken for granted. We know we’re going into a very hostile environment in Chicago,” Barret Jackman said. “They’re a team that has a lot of experience and shows no quit so we expect more of the same (in Game 3), hard hitting, physical and right to the end.”