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Round 2

Blues hope to respond against Predators in Game 4

St. Louis has won 12 of past 15 road games, will look to even series

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

NASHVILLE - The St. Louis Blues responded with a win in Game 2 after losing Game 1 in the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators.

After losing Game 3, 3-1 on Sunday, the Blues hope respond again and even the best-of-7 series at 2-2 in Game 4 (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

"Another game," Blues goaltender Jake Allen said. "We can't change our mentality. We've been preaching the same mentality since the coaching change has been made, and it's working for us. Obviously we know the situation. We're realists as well, but I think we just approach it the same way and we definitely need a better game."

After Mike Yeo took over for Ken Hitchcock as coach on Feb 1, the Blues went 22-8-2.

"... We've had some ups and downs, a lot of adversity this year. When times were real tough, we struggled a bit, but we found a way to roll. Same sort of thing in Minnesota series. We found ways to win games. I think that's just what we've got to do tomorrow. It doesn't matter if it's a 1-0 or an 8-7 game, we've just got to find a way to win and head back to St. Louis on a positive note and look forward to playing in our own barn.

Video: STL@NSH, Gm3: Allen steers away Johansen's wrister

The Blues lost five in a row (0-5-0) after starting 7-1-0 under Yeo. A 3-0 win at the Colorado Avalanche on March 5 started a 12-2-1 run in road games (including playoffs) in which they've outscored opponents 44-25.

"We got a character group, and we still have a lot of belief on our side," Yeo said. "There's no reason to think why we wouldn't. We knew right from the start that we're playing a real good hockey team. We saw what they did in round one, so I don't think that anyone inside of our locker room was kidding ourselves that we were just going to march through this series without facing some challenges. The thing about challenges is what good teams do, and that is they respond to them and that's what I'm expecting from our group."

The Blues have won one of four playoff series when trailing it 2-1, followed by winning Game 4 on the road.

"We've tried to be as consistent as possible whether we have a bad game or we lose a bad couple of games, I think our focus is to kind of fix those mistakes and get ready for the next challenge," Paul Stastny said. "Playoff time, any time you lose a game, it really wakes you up to know you've got to give a lot more for the next game. That's our mentality. We know they're going to be doing the same thing thinking they could be up 3-1. But for our mindset we're not even thinking about them. We have to worry about what we do."

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