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Blues 'like the big stage' of Game 6

St. Louis in must-win situation against San Jose with confidence from two Game 7 victories

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The St. Louis Blues are looking at Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) as just another obstacle.

The Blues, who are down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series against the San Jose Sharks, have already played two Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and prevailed against the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, respectively.

The Blues will have to win on the road where they're 6-3 this postseason, to force another Game 7 on home ice Friday.

"We're 2-for-2 in elimination games, so we've got to treat it basically as two Game 7s, like we've won the previous two series," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "So obviously you wish you were up 3-2 right now, having a chance to close out the series, but we feel confident in these elimination games, especially on the road. So we've got a good mindset going into tonight.

"We like the big stage. I think we're resilient. I think the camaraderie we have in this dressing room, guys playing for each other, is something that goes a long way. I think we look beside us, at the guy next to us. We don't want to let him down. That's the mindset we've had all year. That's the mindset we've had in the playoffs. I could feel that in the dressing room this morning. It'll carry over to tonight."

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The Blues defeated the Stars 6-1 in Game 7 on the road in the second round.

"We've had two Game 7s in the past month that have been games where we've lost the previous Game 6 and have had to rally without the momentum in our court," said Blues forward Scottie Upshall, who is expected to return to the lineup after missing two games because of an upper-body injury. "I believe we're a confident group when pushed against the wall. We're at a point in our season where everything is so huge, so magnified. We've been there, we know how hard it is. I think we're up to the challenge.

Although they have won two Game 7s in these playoffs, St. Louis has lost three straight times in Game 6 when trailing 3-2, getting outscored 11-3. They have lost six straight Game 6s, getting outscored 24-11, and last won a Game 6 here on April 21, 2001, defeating the Sharks 2-1 in the first round.

"Highs and lows, find a way to manage them," Blues forwardAlexander Steen said. "I think we've gone through quite a bit this year and this is no different. The other two elimination games we played we came out with a lot of bite and hunger and we'll be looking to do the same tonight."

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