Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 4/22/12
ST. LOUIS Their resilience returned. The trait has defined the St. Louis Blues' surprising season more than any other. It's why they earned their first Central Division title since the 1999-2000 season, it's why they whipped the San Jose Sharks in two games at HP Pavilion earlier in the week, and it's why they clinched the franchise's first playoffs-series victory since 2002 with a flurry of late production Saturday night. Yes, resilience is the reason the Blues' charge under coach Ken Hitchcock will last at least one more round. None of this would be possible without it: Their bench emptying to the roar of Scottrade Center's standing-room-only crowd after a 3-1 victory, white rally towels swirling as center Scott Nichol waved after exiting the handshake line, a sense that this 4-1 Western Conference quarterfinals series triumph could be the first step of a much deeper playoffs run. The Blues' 1-4 finish to the regular season and a loss in Game 1 seem like ages ago, don't they?...
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