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Esa Lindell Signs A Six-Year Extension With The Dallas Stars

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract extension, which will run through the 2024-25 season. The six-year contract is worth $34,800,000 and has an average annual value (AAV) of $5,800,000.

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Is Mats Zuccarello A Long Term Fit With The Dallas Stars?

from Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News,

The question now is about the fit going forward with Zuccarello, 31, an unrestricted free agent after making $4.5 million this past season.

It's a complicated equation beyond on-ice production and chemistry involving the salary cap and a conditional draft pick that was part of the trade with the New York Rangers.

"I think he was a big part of our success," Nill said. "We'd like to keep him here. We'll have to move forward and see what we can do."...

"This is my team right now," Zuccarello said. "We'll see what's going on. Obviously, I'm the kind of guy that when someone believes in you ... I usually like that. We'll see. I don't even know what they want here."...

While Zuccarello and his representatives will probably seek the security of a long-term deal, the Stars also have to address other contracts, including defenseman Esa Lindell, who is a restricted free agent.

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The Season Ends For The Dallas Stars

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

In the shadow of the Gateway Arch and the memories of postseasons past, strengthened by Ben Bishop's heroics and buried by Pat Maroon, the Stars' season died as morning threatened.

The season ended with a 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game 7 in St. Louis on Tuesday night, finishing a worthwhile and entertaining second-round series against the Blues and ushering in a dreaded and wanted summer....

"I'm pretty empty right now," Stars defenseman John Klingberg said. "I don't know. You're right in it, you're playing in overtime, could reach the conference final and then you lose like that. It's tough."

"Pretty empty," Stars center Tyler Seguin said.

"Right now, it sucks," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "Pretty self-explanatory."

"When you don't have a chance to wake up tomorrow and practice or think about where you are going to play next it's sombering," Bishop said.

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Videos- Blues Advance, Maroon The Hero

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

It shouldn’t have gotten to overtime, never mind double overtime.

For a two-period stretch in regulation the St. Louis Blues outshot the Dallas Stars 31-4 in Game 7 of their second-round series on Tuesday. But on the back of Ben Bishop, the Stars pushed through to force the extra frames, getting more scoring opportunities in the first overtime than they had in periods two and three combined.

And just when it looked like the unforgiving hockey gods would wickedly reward the road team, the Blues struck quickly and suddenly off the draw, an area where they had been struggling. Pat Maroon played the part of hometown hero, sending the Blues to the conference final for the first time since 2016....

One of the more emotional post-game interviews in recent memory was Gene Principe talking with Maroon when the latter was a member of the Edmonton Oilers in 2016. It was a mid-December game, just before Christmas, and Edmonton was on a road trip through Maroon’s hometown of St. Louis. The power forward scored a big goal in the game to send it to overtime and his son was in the crowd, beaming with pride.

When Maroon saw his son’s reaction during the interview he got choked up. The sight of it pulls at your heartstrings and put in perspective the human element behind the scenes of the life of an NHLer.

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Below, watch the referred to interview with Maroon, the game highlights and handshakes.

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The St. Louis Blues Win Game 7 In 2OT

St. Louis will advance to the Western Conference Final after defeating Dallas 2-1 in 2OT.

Their opponent will be determined tomorrow night when Colorado and San Jose meet in game 7.

Goals are below.

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There Will Be A Game 7 For The St. Louis Blues

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Ready or not, here it comes. Let’s face it, after Dallas took control of this series with a 2-1 victory Friday in St. Louis, things looked bleak for the Blues. But in his pregame media session Sunday before a handful of reporters, interim coach Craig Berube was calm and confident as could be.

“We all believe we’re going back for Game 7,” Berube said 1½ hours before puck drop. “Why wouldn’t we?”

Berube believes in his team; his team believes in him. Call it a mutual belief forged through months of hockey. Through disappointment, desperation and triumph. That feeling of belief permeated the visitors’ locker room before Game 6, and even well before that.

“We felt like that after Game 5, and we felt even more like that the next morning,” Perron said. “It’s always hard for everyone. Mostly the way we played at certain times in the last game, where the crowd kind of gets on us — things like that.

“It’s tough on us when that happens for sure. So we had to regroup and we did, and we’re going to have to do that again and even play better next game.”

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Videos- The St. Louis Blues Force A Game 7 By Defeating The Dallas Stars

It was a close game at the start of the third period with the Blues up 2-1.

Then St. Louis scored 2 goals in 33 seconds to take a 4-1 lead.

Game 7 will be on Tuesday in St. Louis at 8pm ET.

All the goals are below and added 6:45pm, game highlights below too...

Plus this on the Blues 3rd goal.

 

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Blues Need A Win

from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The difference between good teams and teams that break through to the greatness required of champions is that their greatness is not confined to a single trait. Those who lift the Stanley Cup tend to have special goaltending, opportunistic coaching, surprise stars and some luck sprinkled in throughout. The Blues have checked those boxes for months, and at times during this postseason as well. That’s what makes their proximity to elimination feel so sudden to a city that had started, slowly, carefully, to shed its scar tissue formed from postseasons past.

Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington has given his team a chance to win nearly every game. Coach Craig Berube’s line changes have produced throughout, from the swap of Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz against Winnipeg, to the blender approach that paid off during Friday night’s third-period push. Robert Thomas, 19, has been the Blues’ best player in this series, the kind of unexpected hero who must emerge for teams to expand their postseason potential. Schwartz has broken free from his regular-season struggles to score a career-high seven postseason goals. The Blues’ third line has at times dominated games. But one championship-caliber component has gone missing in this round, and its absence feels like an elephant on the ice now that the Blues are staring down the barrel of a locker clean-out. Besides Binnington, where are the Blues brightest stars against the Stars?...

Regular-season points leader Ryan O’Reilly has four points through five games. He is also a minus-2 for the series. His next goal against the Stars will be his first in these semifinals. In Game 5, like Game 1, he skated off the ice without a single point. The faceoff mastermind has lost 18 more faceoffs than he’s won. His regular-season faceoff percentage of 56.9 ranked ninth in the NHL. He’s at 44 percent in this series, if you round up.

Regular-season goals leader Vladimir Tarasenko, also a minus-2 in the series, has scored once since his two-goal flurry in Game 1. Just one of his three goals against the Stars came at even-strength. He has just five more shots (17) than hits (12) in 120 shifts.

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The St. Louis Blues Will Face Elimination On Sunday

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

So it has come to this. The Blues are on the brink of elimination after Friday's 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. For the first time this postseason, they are down in a series _ trailing three games to two.

A loss Sunday in Dallas ends this unexpected joyride with a thud.

"Got to win or you go home, simple as that," Jaden Schwartz said. "Desperation level needs to be the highest it's ever been. Got to play our best game and we feel confident going in there (to Dallas)."

The home bounceback the Blues desperately needed after Wednesday's 4-2 setback in Dallas never materialized. The Blues trailed 2-0 after two periods, but couldn't quite recreate the Manitoba Miracle....

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop, the former Blue and Chaminade College Prep product, was excellent in stopping 38 of 39 Blues shots. That tied a Dallas postseason record for saves in a regulation game.

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Below, from the Dallas side and watch the game highlights.

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A Home Win Is Needed By The St. Louis Blues

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues were in full grind-it-out mode down the stretch of the regular season, in pursuit of as much home-ice advantage as they could muster in the playoffs.

Trouble is, they have won only two of five home games so far this postseason, going 1-2 at Enterprise Center in the Winnipeg series and 1-1 so far against Dallas.

With the Dallas series tied 2-2, the Blues have home ice for two of the final three contests if this Western Conference semifinal goes the full seven. But if the Blues don’t rediscover their home mojo, the offseason will be upon them very quickly.

“Our fans are so supportive of us, even down the stretch it’s been unbelievable,” David Perron said following Wednesday’s 4-2 Game 4 loss in Dallas. “Most of the games have been really tight outside of the one there against Winnipeg. It could have gone each way every night and we hope it goes our way next time.”

So how do the Blues capitalize on that home ice?

“Well, we’ve just got to do it,” Perron said. “It doesn’t matter how we capitalize.”

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