Jackman Hopes for a Game 5 Clincher

Defenseman played in Playoffs in 2002 when Blues beat the Blackhawks

Saturday, 04.21.2012 / 2:04 PM CT / St Louis Blues - News
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Jackman Hopes for a Game 5 Clincher


ST. LOUIS -- Only one player that sat in the St. Louis Blues' locker room Saturday morning was part of the Blues last playoff series victory in 2002.

Defenseman Barret Jackman, who played in one game for the Blues in that playoff season when the Blues beat Chicago in five games in the opening round, remembers it fondly.

Barret Jackman is the only Blues player on the current roster who participated in the team's last playoff series victory in 2002, a five-game series win vs. Chicago. (Getty Images)
"It was exciting. The city was buzzing," Jackman said of the Blues' 5-3 win over the Blackhawks in Game 5. "The team was very confident and playing very well but really understood how important it is to get that last clinching game. It was a hard-fought game. It was exciting all-around."

Jackman's hoping for a repeat performance Saturday when the Blues, who lead the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, can close out the series with a Game 5 win.

"We really respect our opponent," Jackman said. "We really respect the game that we play against them. I don't think any of the games that we've won, we've been hooting and hollering after it. I think we realized the work that was put in. We still have another game and you never know what can happen in the playoffs and in the NHL. These teams are so close. It's a matter of bounces and we know that."

A standing room-only crowd of 19,500 is expected to pack Scottrade Center in hopes that the Blues will wrap up the series in five and not have to make that cross-country trip back to San Jose for a potential Game 6 Monday night.

"Their building is pretty loud, but I still think our crowd matches one of the loudest crowds I've ever been in," defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo said. "I'm so excited. But we have to focus on what needs to be done and be ready for their best game of the series."

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