Thursday, May 12, 2016
Blues Rout Stars in Game 7
David Backes (Minnesota State) and Paul Stastny ( Denver) scored goals, and Brian Elliott (Wisconsin) made 31 saves as the St. Louis Blues advanced to the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-1 rout of the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night in Game 7 in Texas. The Blues, who will have home-ice advantage throughout the rest of the NHL postseason, advanced to the Western Conference final for the first time in 15 years, and will meet the winner of tonight's seventh game between Nashville and San Jose.
The Blues jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes Wednesday and held on for their second Game 7 victory this spring, having eliminated the defending NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks in a Game 7 in St. Louis last month. Stastny finished with a goal and two assists last night, while Backes, Colton Parayko (Alaska Fairbanks), Jaden Schwartz (Colorado College) and Kevin Shattenkirk (Boston University) all added assists. Patrick Eaves (Boston College) scored the lone goal for Dallas, the top team in the West during the regular season, with an assist going to Alex Goligoski (Minnesota).