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Coming off 3-OT Game 1, Blackhawks, Blues promise to be ready Saturday

  • St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen, left, is congratulated by teammates David Backes, center, and Steve Ott, right, after scoring the game-winning goal during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen, left, is congratulated by teammates David Backes, center, and Steve Ott, right, after scoring the game-winning goal during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen, left, is congratulated by teammate David Backes after scoring the game-winning goal during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen, left, is congratulated by teammate David Backes after scoring the game-winning goal during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Johnny Oduya, of Sweden, is congratulated by Brandon Saad, left, after scoring during the first period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Johnny Oduya, of Sweden, is congratulated by Brandon Saad, left, after scoring during the first period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

A mood of euphoric exhaustion carried over to the next day after the St. Louis Blues won the longest game in franchise history and got the upper hand against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo says his legs are stiff and it felt as if the Blues played two games to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series. But he had a smile on his face.

The game lasted 100 minutes and 36 seconds. The teams combined for 94 shots, loads of great saves by the goalies and one temper tantrum.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville apologized Friday for his obscene gesture, widely viewed on Twitter, reacting to a call that wasn't made in the first overtime. Quenneville said it was a "bush league move."