Series Update – The St. Louis Blues edged out the Dallas Stars 2-1 in OT on Tuesday night in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.
The Blues will now face the winner of the San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche series in the Conference Final (which will be decided with Game 7 on Wednesday).
St. Louis outshot Dallas 54-30, including 41-16 in regulation, with Ben Bishop making a number of big saves for the Stars. Further evidence of the Blues’ dominance was that they outshot Dallas 27-2 from the start of the second period until 5:16 left in the third.
Pat Maroon scored the decisive goal 5:50 into the second overtime, after Vince Dunn had scored earlier to give St. Louis the lead. Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the Blues.
Mats Zuccarello scored to level the score for Dallas, while Bishop made 52 saves.
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Game 7 Update – The St. Louis Blues secured a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night to level the playoffs at 3-3 and to force Game 7 in the second-round NHL Playoffs Western Conference semifinal series.
Alex Pietrangelo opened the scoring for St. Louis just 63 seconds into the game, with David Perron, Jaden Schwartz (it was Schwartz’s 8th goal of the playoffs) and Sammy Blais also scoring for the Blues. Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 22 shots for St. Louis.
The last two goals by the Blues came in a 33-second span in the third to put the game out of reach for the Stars. The third goal came after a hard shot from the slot hit Ben Bishop’s left shoulder, knocking the Dallas goalie onto his back and leading to his replacement after the fourth goal.
Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal for the Stars in the first period. Bishop allowed four goals on 20 shots, while replacement Anton Khudobin had five saves in the final 12 minutes.
The Blues will have the home-ice advantage for the deciding game Tuesday night.
Game 6 Update – The Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Friday night to go into a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series and move to within just one win of a place in the Conference Final against either the San Jose Sharks or the Colorado Avalanche.
Jason Spezza and Esa Lindell scored for the Stars, while Ben Bishop made 38 saves.
Bishop made a number of key stops during the game (including a couple of saves during a Blues power play in the second), although he was always at fault for the Blues’ goal following his miscue with the puck.
For the Blues, Jaden Schwartz scored and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves. The Blues also went 0 for 4 on the power play.
A win in Game 6 at home on Sunday will see the Stars progress to the Conference Final.
Game 5 Update – The Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Wednesday night to level the NHL Playoff second-round series at two games each.
Jason Dickinson, Jason Spezza, John Klingberg and Roope Hintz scored for the Dallas Stars, while Ben Bishop made 27 saves.
Vladimir Tarasenko had given the Blues an early lead and 19 year-old center Robert Thomas scored what proved to be a consolation goal in the third period. Jordan Binnington stopped 27 shots. Ryan O’Reilly assisted on both of St. Louis’ Blues goals.
The Western Conference semifinal series returns to St. Louis for Game 5 on Sunday.
Game 3 Update – The Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series at 1-1.
Roope Hintz scored twice and Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars, with Ben Bishop making 32 saves. Dallas scored three times in the opening 14:51 to take charge of the game.
Bishop, playing against his hometown team, made important saves on Ryan O’Reilly and Oskar Sundqvist in the third period.
Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored for the Blues, with Jordan Binnington making 31 saves.
Game 3 will be on Monday night in Dallas.
Game 2 Update – Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals as the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night in the first game of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series.
The Blues were never behind in the game, with Tarasenko’s double being his seventh career multi-goal game in the postseason. Robby Fabbri also scored for the Blues, for whom Jordan Binnington made 27 saves.
Tarasenko’s power-play goal to put the Blues 2-1 ahead was the first power-play goal in 17 chances allowed by the Stars this postseason.
Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, for whom Ben Bishop made 17 saves.
Game 2 will be on Saturday in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Blues meet the Dallas Stars in Round 2 NHL playoff action in the Western Conference, with the Blues having home-ice advantage in this series between the two Central Division teams.
Both teams won their first round series by the same 4-2 scoreline and both eliminated opposition who had the home-ice advantage. The Blues knocked out the Winnipeg Jets, while the Stars accounted for the Nashville Predators.
The Blues and the Stars met four times in the regular season, with Stars winning on three occasions.
Dallas perhaps have an edge here in their top line trio of Jamie Benn, Tyler Sequin and Alexander Radulov, who combined for a total of 18 points over the six games against the defensively strong Predators.
In the first round, the Blues were 5/19 from power plays against the Jets, while Dallas went 4/22 against the Predators. In their six games against Nashville, the Stars penalty kill was a perfect 15/15, while St. Louis killed off 11 of the 14 power plays against the Jets.
St. Louis Blues vs Dallas Stars Betting Lines & Picks
In terms of NHL Playoff Round 2 predictions, this is a difficult series to select a winner from. There are no Blues v Stars odds lines available as yet for the series itself, but the Blues will be the marginal favourites to progress on account of having the home-ice advantage.
The Stars could have an advantage in their red-hot penalty kill and their top line trio looks the stronger, so they are the pick to progress.
It’s likely to be close though and it could easily go to the wire, with a 4-3 win for the Stars being our pick for the overall series score.