Despite losing 3-2 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night at Scottrade Center, the St. Louis Blues proved to themselves and likely the rest of the NHL that they aren't going anywhere.
The Blues played every bit as good and arguably better than the Western Conference's top team, missing a chance to take over the top spot on a questionable penalty late in regulation and a miscommunication early in overtime.
But the Blues did more than just earn a point. They showed they belong.
"It's a good feeling," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. "You have to walk out of here with a good feeling. They are a good team, a real good team, and we were right there the whole way - and at times, especially after the first five minutes, we were better."
The Blues fell behind 1-0 just three minutes into the game but as good teams do, responded with the game-tying goal just a minute later. They regained the lead midway through the second period on Jason Arnott's second goal of the game.