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Tarasenko, St. Louis beat Chicago 4-3 in Game 4

The lessons were difficult and painful. Three straight years of regular-season success for St. Louis, followed by playoff failure.

The Blues learned. They persevered, and they are roaring right now.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored on two dazzling wrist shots, Brian Elliott made 39 saves and St. Louis beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

"We just have a belief that we can beat anybody," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Jaden Schwartz scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in the third period for the second straight game as St. Louis moved one step closer to advancing to the second...