We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — they may not get a ton of national attention, but the St. Louis Blues have one of the most tortured fan bases in all of North American pro sports.
From Bernie Federko to Brett Hull to Al MacInnis and even (briefly) Wayne Gretzky, the franchise has not lacked for great players since entering the league in 1967. Yet the Blues are still searching for their first Stanley Cup.
Couple the franchise’s long history of postseason disappointment with the first-round losses they’ve suffered the past two years and the Blues entered these playoffs with arguably the most pressure of any of the 16 teams participating.
That’s why last night’s win in Minnesota was so huge.