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BLUES FIGHTING OVERCONFIDENCE IN CLOSE SERIES WITH THE WINGS

One game away from eliminating the Detroit Red Wings, the St. Louis Blues aren't exactly overconfident.

"One goal in any of these last three games could have changed everything," forward Craig MacTavish said. "If we give up one more goal, it turns their effort into a Picasso and ours into a 2-year-old's art work."We can't get too excited, because they could have very easily won any one of these (last) three games."

The Blues have won three straight - all one-goal games - to take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 tonight. After spotting the Red Wings the first two games, including an 8-3 rout in Game 2, the Blues have won 5-4 in overtime, 1-0 and 3-2.

Now they're a game away from advancing to the conference finals for the first time in a decade. A week ago after Game 2, popular opinion had the Blues hopelessly buried.

"When we left here a week ago, everyone was jumping on our back and saying we were done," MacTavish said. "One week and three close games later, everyone loves us and thinks the Red Wings are done."