ST. LOUIS It was a celebration ten years in the making, but took just 45 seconds to begin.
Trailing 1-0 in the third period and looking more and more like they might be headed back to San Jose for a Game 6 Monday night, the St. Louis Blues showed why times are changing under the shadows of the Arch.
The Blues erased the deficit with two goals in a span of just 45 seconds, adding a late empty netter to beat the seventh-seeded Sharks 3-1 to win their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup 4-1.
But the win wasn't just any old win. It was the Blues' first series-clinching victory since they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in five games back in the 2002 quarterfinals.
"The fans have been waiting a long time and been very patient," said defenseman Barret Jackman, a career-long Blue since they drafted him back in 1999. "It's nice to give them a little taste of what's to come.
"You just hear the fans out there, behind us the whole way. You look around the city and just being out in...