They came. They saw. They conquered.
For the first time since 2012, the Blues have gotten past the first round and are the favorites to win the second. After all, for the first time since 2011, a team other than the Blackhawks and Kings is guaranteed to win the Stanley Cup. Why not the Blues?
After beating their demons in the first round against the team that was most like the Blues, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues' thirst for their first Stanley Cup victory has grown into a desperate need. No more choking. No more first round exits. Not this time.
The Blues are determined to win it all, as is every team that has made it past the first round (Predators/Ducks Game 7 is tonight).
Leading the Blues out of their habit of giving into the pressure of the first round was the STL line, containing Vladimir Tarasenko, Jori Lehtera, and Jaden Schwartz, who all contributed at least one goal in the series against Chicago. The Dallas Stars are a threat, as they have two of the top scorers in the league in Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The Blues, (4th seed) will face off against the Stars (1st seed) in the second round.
Can the Blues pull it off? If determination means anything, then it's possible.