Blues Fans Hungry For A Playoff Win

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Update: Blues beat the LA Kings 2-1 in overtime.

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – The weather seemed to be the final ingredient for a perfect mix downtown Tuesday night, along with the return of Blues playoff hockey, and Cardinal baseball.

St. Louis had been pining for relief from a long, cold, winter followed by a gray, soggy, spring.
Think how dire things were a few months ago:  the player lockout was still threatening the entire Blues season, just after Tom Stillman's group bought the team.

But there was magic in the air Tuesday night.  Cardinal fans were even waving Blues signs down the street at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals beat the Reds 2-1.

Stillman`s group, especially, needs to cash-in on the good times.

It was all the blue bells, beads, and whistles for Blues superfan, Cat Moore, of Chesterfield.
Even her eyes were part of her Blues bling with bright blue-colored contact lenses.

Face-painted fans admitted she put them to shame with her blue hat, shaggy yellow, leggings and blue & gold striped face.

'She pretty much beat us out on this one.  She brought her 'A' game,' they said.

"My 33rd birthday, I went to my first game for my birthday.  I met Keith Tkachuk and Alexander Steen and I was hooked.  And they`re stuck with me for life," Moore said.

In a hockey season that nearly wasn`t, for  a new ownership group still recovering from the lockout, this kind of Stanley Cup craziness was perhaps more important than ever.

'No October, no November, no December, no games,' said Blues Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Affleck.    'Finally we get back.  There was a big push for us to try to get everything in.  So for them, to get to the playoffs is a huge deal.'

With Blues fever pilling over to the baseball team down the street, things couldn`t have been better for all involved.

Downtown was buzzing.

Blues banners were flying at city hall.

'We live in a great town;  St. Louis is great.  Blues and the Cardinals all the way.  I wouldn`t be any other place than right here,' said Cardinals and Blues fan, Janice Donaldson of Glen Carbon, who was at the Blues pre-game rally before heading to the Cardinals game.

The longer it all lasts, the closer the Blues get to financial strength after a near-first-year disaster.

'The further you go in rounds, you make more.  There`s a lot of revenue sharing in the first round with the NHL for expenses and things like that.  So as things go forward, there`s less expenses, less teams.  So there`s more revenue for you,' Affleck said.

'Let`s go Blues!' Moore screamed.

As good as things were, they need to get better.

The Blues were about 1500 fans shy of a shutout, Tuesday night, for game 1 versus the Kings.

Thousands of tickets were still available for Thursday night`s game 2.  It's a late start -- 8:30.

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