ST. LOUIS They marked their growth by raising their sticks at center ice. On a night when the St. Louis Blues had to win to keep a realistic chance of advancing alive, on a night when the San Jose Sharks tried to bully them for a second consecutive game at the Scottrade Center, the Blues reminded everyone Saturday why they became one of the NHL's most feared teams at home this season.
They reminded everyone how dangerous they can be when they play mad.
And this is what the result looked like: The Blues circling center ice to a deafening roar after their 3-0 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. To the side, sticks and helmets were scattered near a wall following a postgame melee. San Jose players skated away knowing the series now tied at one game apiece will only become more physical when it resumes Monday at the HP Pavilion.
Yes, the second-seeded Blues stood up to the seventh-seeded Sharks and smacked them in a way unlike a team that had not won in the ...