Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Road Runners Continue Sprint Blues Trip Lightning to Extend Streak

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Road Runners Continue Sprint Blues Trip Lightning to Extend Streak

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Winger Brian Noonan has come up with a plan to help the Blues win at Kiel Center.

"We're going to have to start wearing our road uniforms at home," Noonan said. "We're going to take that up with the league."

Anything to help the Blues duplicate at home what they've been doing on the road.

On Tuesday, the Blues extended their unbeaten streak on the road to four games with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting at the Thunderdome.

The Blues picked up five of six points on their three-game trip, beating Dallas 6-3 Saturday and tying the Florida Panthers 2-2 Sunday night. Before that, the Blues shut out Toronto 4-0 on Jan. 31 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

"This was a good trip," Noonan said. "Whatever it is, we better bottle it and bring it home. Obviously, we're doing something wrong at home."

The Blues have lost three in a row and are winless in four games at home - 0-3-1. They're a game above .500 on the road at 12-11-5 and a game under .500 at home at 11-12-5 for an overall mark of 23-23-10.

The Blues return home to play three games in the coming week. After a two-day break, they play Detroit on Friday, Winnipeg on Sunday and Ottawa on Tuesday.

"There's certainly a difference in confidence at home and on the road, and that's something we have to overcome," Blues coach Mike Keenan said. "We have to gain the confidence of our fans. Hopefully, they'll be more supportive than they have been in terms of their disappointment in some of our play, but we have to earn that."

Like they earn points on the road. The Blues are unflappable away from Kiel Center, as shown on this trip.

Against Dallas, the Stars scored three times after the Blues took a 3-0 lead, but each time the Blues answered with a goal of their own to keep the Stars from getting closer than two.

Against Florida, the Blues twice came back from one-goal deficits to tie the game.

Against Tampa on Tuesday, the Blues jumped to a 3-0 lead but maintained their composure when the Lightning cut the lead to two and then to one.

Last week, the Blues completely fell apart in losses of 5-2 to Dallas and 6-1 to Chicago.

"We're learning to play as a team and building our team confidence," Keenan said. …

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