ST. LOUIS -- The Blues have no other choice but to play like their lives are on the line Friday in Game 5 against the Nashville Predators.
The Western Conference Second Round has Nashville with a 3-1 series lead and on the cusp of their first conference final in team history.
But the Blues know they have to win three games to advance to the conference final but can't look at anything else but Friday.
"One-hundred percent. You don't want to look at it as having to win three games in a row," Blues defenseman Colton Parayko said. "It's kind of one of those things where you look at play one game at a time. It's the focus for tonight's game and I think if you kind of approach it with an attitude of must-win, an attitude of win your shift, win win your period, win your game, it's going to put us in a position to win the hockey game."
The Blues have twice in their history (1991 against the Detroit Red Wings and 1999 against the Phoenix Coyotes) overcome a 3-1 series deficit and would like to do it again.
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But winning Game 5 is the first step.
"We've just got to put our best game out there for the remainder of the series," Blues center Patrik Berglund said. "It's easier said than done. We've got to come in tonight and really execute our game plan. When we play our game, a game that makes us really successful, I think everybody in here believes that we can definitely beat them."
The Blues hope to get a good start and get the home crowd hopping.
"It's a challenge for us," Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko said. "I believe we can come back, especially tonight with the home crowd, everyone will be here, great chance for us to get a win."
Even after losing 2-1 in Game 4, a game in which the Blues played a significant game but had it altered on a questionable set of calls early in the third period following a scrum, they will take much of the overall play and incorporate it into tonight's game, with a few goals added.
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"We lost the game so I don't want to pat ourselves too hard on the back for that one, outchanced them, by our count, and I thought we stepped up our physical game, stepped up our compete, and the compete and the battle isn't just without the puck," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "It's not the way we make it hard on them in front of our net or down low in our zone or on the forecheck. For me, it's how we play with the puck too. They're coming at you hard, you have to be able to protect it, you have to be able to absorb the hit. There's some crosschecks you're getting in the back, you're going to have to take that and still skate out with the puck, I thought we did a better job of that last game."
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