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Hitchcock: Blues can shape ‘our own legacy’

Apr 27, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

Ken Hitchcock AP

As we previously reported, the St. Louis Blues’ first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks looks eerily similar to their 2013 battle against the Los Angeles Kings.

In both series, St. Louis claimed the first two contests courtesy of Alexander Steen and then Barret Jackman game-winning goals and went on to lose the following three contests. The Blues also lost Game 6 in 2013, which means that they have one more chance to change the script.

“We have a chance to write our own legacy,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Everybody is probably writing, ‘Here they go again. They’re challenging the top teams, but can they get through the top teams?’ Everybody is going to write that stuff. But we have a chance to write the message that you guys have to print, so it’s in our control.

“I want to see us embrace this.”

To make St. Louis’ task harder, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will return from a three-game suspension this afternoon. He was punished for his high hit on Blues forward David Backes, who was injured on the play but has since returned.

The contest will start at 3:00 p.m. ET and air on NBC.

  1. bucfanforlife - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    go blues

  2. canucks30 - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    The Blackhawks are 5-0 in playoff games without Brent Seabrook (2-0 vs Vancouver in 2011 and 3-0 vs the Blues in 2014).

    It’s almost as if Toews, Kane, and Keith in particular turn it up a notch to compensate when he is out of the lineup.

    Maybe with him back in the lineup they may get a little complacent.

    If you’re a Blues fan that is what you have to hope for because they are going into am extremely hostile a United Center for Game 6.

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