Blues hoping to buck the trend of past disappointments
By Elizabeth Eisele
EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 7: Jeff Petry #2 of the Edmonton Oilers ties up Vladimir Sobotka #17 of the St. Louis Blues during an NHL game at Rexall Place on January 7, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) By Derek Leung
(Hockey StL) - We've been here before, haven't we? The Blues are in the middle of yet another dominant - or at least very impressive - regular season run that has the fan base excited about the possibilities for April. Will this year be different?
But there is no denying the fact the city of St. Louis has never celebrated after winning a Stanley Cup. Not once. This in the same city that's celebrated 11 World Series titles by way of the Cardinals plus a Super Bowl win from the Rams.
That has to add some extra pressure on these guys in the Blue Note, doesn't it?
"I don't know how much of that burden we can shoulder as a group," captain David Backes said. "We've only been here a year or 8-10-12 years for the longest. You feel that anxiousness (and) that desire for everyone around here to have that (Stanley) Cup. The Cardinals seem to be perennial contenders. The Blues were in the playoffs for 25 years in a row. To finally finish that task is something we're obviously aiming for."
"The fans of St. Louis have experienced championships with the Cardinals and the Super Bowl with the Rams. They've been close with the Blues, too," Barret Jackman said. "We know the pressure that's on us and the regular season is just the first step. You got to make it through the playoffs and peak at the right time."
Sure, this is one of the greatest runs the Blues have ever had in the regular season (67 points in 44 games) but the Blues are well aware they're not in uncharted territory.
Not until an oversized cup is parading down Market Street.