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Big stage, big boost for Blues

Updated: October 3, 2009, 1:12 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

STOCKHOLM -- The St. Louis Blues haven't been afforded many stages on which to strut their stuff in recent years.

They missed the playoffs the first three seasons after the lockout, at one point finishing dead last in the NHL, and saw fans disappear in droves.

Even though they surged into the playoffs last season, the Blues were swept by Vancouver and began this NHL season wondering just how they were going to follow up last year's surprise finish.

And ...

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