ST. LOUIS This all became real long ago: The dominant play at the Scottrade Center, the thunderous postgame cheers, the sense that the St. Louis Blues are more than a fascination after a swift about-face under coach Ken Hitchcock. A chance to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history became real with stunning speed.
In many ways, it has all become routine. The routs here have become normal, the celebrations have become ordinary and the vision that this building can host a playoff series deep into the spring has become assumed.
Yes, the Blues have reason to dream especially when playing at home. But in their climb atop the NHL they boast a league-best 105 points the Blues sometime surprise even themselves.
Their 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night was such an occasion: They set a franchise record with their 30th home victory; they tied a modern-era NHL record with their 15th shutout, matching the mark set by the 1969-70 Chicago Blackha...