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Blues remain confident heading into Game 6

St. Louis will try again to eliminate Blackhawks

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- If confidence is wavering, the St. Louis Blues aren't showing it.

After failing on their first try, the Blues have another chance to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at United Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports 2). St. Louis leads the best-of-7 series 3-2.

This has been the closest series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs so far, with the five games each decided by one goal, including Chicago's 4-3, double-overtime, Game 5 win Thursday. The Blues trailed 3-1 in the third period before tying game on goals by Robby Fabbri and David Backes.

St. Louis, which won Games 3 and 4 at United Center (3-2, then 4-3), continues to say it isn't the same team that has been knocked out in the first round three years in a row.

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"I think the bite in us, the intensity within the group is something that's different this year," St. Louis left wing Alexander Steen said. "We know what we're capable of, and I think we've shown that in the first five games here in the series. I think we've played some really good hockey. But in saying that, there's a couple of areas where we can improve even more and hope to get the [win] tomorrow night."

The largest lead in this series has been two goals, twice by the Blackhawks (Games 2 and 5) and once by the Blues (Game 4), that have lasted a total of 18:16 out of 332:14.

"I don't know that anybody has an upper hand in this series, there's so much equality and everything I guess would be the best word," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I said before, there's not much difference in anything. I think we would take it in a heartbeat. I think knowing that if this is the small advantage that we get to have, then it's pretty impressive. We know that neither team is in control of anything right now other than you get to play the next game."

The Blues lost a Game 5 for the fourth straight time in as many years, three in overtime with either a chance to take the series lead or win it. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored at 3:07 of the second overtime Thursday.

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A win Saturday would give the Blues their first playoff series victory since defeating the San Jose Sharks in the first round in 2012. St. Louis is 3-5 in games when it had a 3-2 lead in a best-of-7 series.

"We are a different team," Blues right wing Steve Ott said. "They know that we're a different team. We all believe and we know that we're a different team as well than we have been in the past. No different than when we were down 3-1 (in Game 5) and what happens? We come back, fight the adversity and put the game in overtime. There's never a doubt of the situation of, 'Let's just move onto the next game.' It's, 'No, we're still in this.' We clawed back in. Obviously I think that this series, the team that we've seen throughout so far these five games, you're going to see the rest of the way."

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