Posted March 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
The St. Louis Blues are happy to have ended their playoff drought, but their attention is on other goals. The Blues will try to move a step closer to clinching the Western Conference's top seed and their first Presidents' Trophy in 12 years by earning a rare road win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. St. Louis (46-19-8) secured its first postseason berth in three years and second in seven seasons with a 3-1 road win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots and Jaden Schwartz scored in his NHL debut to help the Blues avoid a third straight defeat. The win also kept St. Louis six points ahead of Vancouver in the West and three up on the New York Rangers in the race for the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the postseason. The Blues haven't finished with the top record in the league since compiling 114 points in 1999-2000. "(Clinching the berth is) great, but I don't think anybody is focusing on the playoffs,&...
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