Blues blow out Stars in Game 7 to advance
(The Sports Xchange) - The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2001 after beating Dallas 6-1 in Game 7 of their semi-final series at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.
Troy Brouwer, Robby Fabbri and Paul Stastny each had three points and Brian Elliott stopped 31 of 32 shots for the Blues, who also got a goal and an assist each from David Backes and Patrik Berglund and two assists from Jori Lehtera.
St. Louis will face the winner of Game 7 between San Jose and Nashville on Thursday, with the conference finals starting on Saturday.
St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock is now 5-2 in Game 7s while Stars coach Lindy Ruff is 0-4.
Patrick Eaves broke the shutout 5:05 into the third with his third goal of the playoffs. Eaves scored on an easy tip-in at the near post after Alex Goligoski's slap shot from the right circle deflected off Joel Edmundson.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored an empty-net goal with 4:40 remaining to make it 6-1.
Antti Niemi stopped eight of 10 shots in relief of Kari Lehtonen, who stopped just five of eight shots.
Fabbri scored a power-play goal 5:23 into the first period off a rebound to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead.
Lehtonen stopped the initial shot by Brouwer with a pad save, but Fabbri popped in the rebound for his third goal of the playoffs. Continued...