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Blues melt road ice, prove they can win

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San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) battles against St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 3, 2012 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Marcio Jose Sanchez San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) battles against St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 3, 2012 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Marcio Jose Sanchez

(HockeySTL) -- On home ice the St. Louis Blues are as dangerous as any team in the league, their record, 26-4-4. The road was a different story.

Before the Blues started the first of two long road trips they were 10-13-3 on the road, not great. Then they went on a six game road trip that started in Nashville, visited four teams north of the border and ended in San Jose.  The Blues got so hot they melted any ice they skated on. They finished the trip 5-1, got their road record above .500 and sent a message.

What message did they send? The Blues told the entire league that they're not just a threat at home; they can beat you on your ice too.

Here's how.

All but one team the Blues played had a winning record. The one game they lost was a 2-0 victory for Vancouver on a night after the Blues beat Edmonton 5-2. The second Vancouver goal was on an empty net.  Still, the Blues outscored their opponents 17-10.

Jaroslav Halak was a force to be reckoned with in the net. He went 5-0 with a 1.6 goals against average and .939 save percentage. Two of his wins were from shootouts.

Four different forwards scored at least two goals on the trip. One of them was Andy McDonald who scored three goals, had two assists and racked up five points.  TJ Oshie helped the cause by registering 6 assists over the six games.

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was fantastic on the road. He scored 2 goals, had four assists, and collected 6 points.

The Blues now sit atop the Central Division and are second in the Western Conference only one point behind Vancouver.

When the Blues capture a playoff spot this spring, teams need to know the Blues shouldn't be taken lightly on the road. When this team has all its wheels moving like it did on the past road trip, they're scary. That's the formula for a team that can beat anyone, any time, and most importantly, any place.

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