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Joe Strauss: Blues head to playoffs with positive vibe

Toting momentum, depth and a Central Division title, the Blues entered the same Scottrade Center dressing room following Saturday's regular-season finale. Everything was different from last April 13 everything except the paint on the walls. The Blues faked it when they mouthed encouraging words to their fans after winning 50 games last season. They were pulling a Milli Vanilli, moving their mouths to words belonging to some other team. The locals concluded last regular season with rampant injuries and six consecutive losses, costing them the Central title and any sense of push. It doomed them to a first-round playoff series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago...

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