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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Dallas sings the Blues

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The game was not in doubt for very long as the Blues shellacked the Dallas Stars 6-1 in the seventh and deciding game.

 

There is only one series remaining to be determined and that will happen on Thursday as the San Jose Sharks are home to the Nashville Predators for a pivotal Game 7.

 

The Eastern Conference Final has been determined as Tampa Bay will play the Pittsburgh Penguins to see who will go to the Stanley Cup Final.

 

Let’s get to the action in the only game on Wednesday.

 

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ST. LOUIS 6 DALLAS 1 (St. Louis wins the series 4- 3)

I was kind of surprised to see Brian Elliott between the pipes for the Blues after he was pulled in Game 6 and Jake Allen was strong between the pipes for the remainder of the first period as well as the final two stanzas (although he only faced seven shots), but Ken Hitchcock went with the goalie who got the Blues to this point and it was the right call.

 

Elliott stopped 31 shots in a 6-1 win by the Blues in the decisive Game 7. St. Louis ended up winning three-of-four on Dallas ice as the Stars could not find the solution to defeat the Blues at home.

 

The Blues scored three times in the first period as Robby Fabbri scored on the power play at the 5:23 mark on a scramble in front of the net.

 

The score remained 1-0 until the Blues scored twice in the last two minutes on goals by Paul Stastny and Patrik Berglund (with just four ticks remaining on the clock) to give St. Louis was ended up to be an insurmountable lead.

 

Kari Lehtonen played so well in Game 6 but that was not the case in Game 7 as he made five saves on eight shots before being pulled at the start of the second period for Antti Niemi. It was the third time in this round that Dallas coach Lindy Ruff switched his starting goaltender.

 

David Backes made it 4-0 at 3:50 of the second and the rout was on. Troy Brouwer, who also chipped in with two assists, made it 5-0 and that’s how the second period ended.

 

Elliott continued his brilliance throughout the game but lost his shutout bid when Patrick Eaves scored to make it 5-1. Vladimir Tarasenko finished the scoring with an empty-netter with 4:54 to go in the game.

 

Niemi stopped eight-of-10 shots for the Stars.

 

The Blues blocked 34 shots to the Stars five as Carl Gunnarsson and Alex Pietrangelo led the way with seven apiece as the Blues blueliners had 24 in the game.

 

Stephen Johns led both teams with four hits.

 

Stastny and Fabbri each joined Brouwer with a couple of assists apiece with Berglund and Backes each had one in addition to their goal.

 

Pietrangelo did yeoman’s work on the blueline and led all skaters in time on ice at 26:12 including 3:38 shorthanded. While his stats were lacking this season, he has been an important cog on the Blues defensive corps.

 

Jori Lehtera was a plus-three while Jason Demers was a minus-three for the Stars.

 

The Blues won their second consecutive series in seven games and they are headed to their first Conference Final since 2001. It will start on Sunday.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.