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Blues hoping to take advantage of home ice against Stars in Game 5

St. Louis 2-3 at Enterprise Center during playoffs, 4-1 on road

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will try to use home ice to their advantage when they play the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at Enterprise Center on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, SN360, TVAS).

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.

The Blues are 4-1 on the road during the Stanley Cup Playoffs but 2-3 at home, including a 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 2. They lost 4-2 in Game 4 at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.


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"Just keep it simple, play our game," Blues defenseman Colton Parayko said. "We know that is just being predictable to each other, working hard, working for each other and being in the right spots. I think we obviously have done that. We're going to do that and it should be good.

"I think now for us, we've just got to hit the reset button. We're in a really good spot right now. It's a best-of-3, we have home ice and going home for Game 5, obviously. ... We're in a good spot."

The Blues would like to find a way to repeat their start to Game 3 in Dallas. They were able to get pucks cleanly in deep, get on the forecheck, cycle the puck and force the Stars to work longer shifts in their zone, tiring them out. They took a 1-0 lead on Jaden Schwartz's goal 1:27 into the game.

"We've got to find a way to grind them down low a little bit more," Blues forward David Perron said.

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Said center Ryan O'Reilly, "I'm sure the coaching staff will take a look. We'll make some adjustments. I think all of us know that we weren't at our best [in Game 4]. I think we all had a bit more that we could have done and we know that. I think get our rest, be smart and focus for the next one."

Coach Craig Berube saw the desperation from the Blues in the third period of Game 4. They outshot the Stars 12-5 but were playing catch-up after entering the period trailing 4-1.

When asked how the Blues can start Game 5 with that same sense of desperation, he said, "They'll be ready to go."

The past four times the Blues have played Game 5 at home in a series tied 2-2, they have lost Game 5 and the series in six games each time: against the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Western Conference Final, and in the first round in 2015 (Minnesota Wild), 2014 (Chicago Blackhawks) and 2013 (Los Angeles Kings).

The last time the Blues won Game 5 at home in a series tied 2-2 was the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Sharks.

"It's a long series," Parayko said. "It's a battle out there. We've just got to focus on Game 5. Can't be frustrated. We've just got to bring out our best game and control what we can control."


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