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Blackhawks, Blues set to go distance again

St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) as Blues' Steve Ott (29) and Blackhawks' Johnny Oduya (27), of Sweden, watch during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A mood of euphoric exhaustion carried over to the next day after the St. Louis Blues won the longest game in franchise history and got the upper hand against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they’ve long sought.

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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Hitchcock: Blues chances hinge on Miller

In this April 11, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller reaches for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Dallas. Miller came to the St. Louis Blues and the goals-against went down until the lineup starting losing bodies. They're hoping to get everybody back sometime the first round of the playoffs, and help make Miller the save machine they traded for again. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just like last spring, the St. Louis Blues have the higher seed but the unenviable task of facing the defending Stanley Cup champion in the first round of the playoffs.

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Red Wings keep Blues down with 3-0 shutout

Detroit Red Wings' Darren Helm, left, reaches for a loose puck as St. Louis Blues' Adam Cracknell, center rear, and Roman Polak, of the Czech Republic, defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Backup goalie Petr Mrazek kept the injury-riddled St. Louis Blues down heading into the playoffs with his second career shutout in a 3-0 victory for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

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