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Goaltending Could Be The Difference In Tonight’s Game 7 Between Dallas And St. Louis

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Good playoff teams have good playoff goaltending. It’s a hockey thing — you can’t have one without the other, right?

Then there is this seven-game series between the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues, in which three different goalies have been pulled after shaky starts. The result is a Game 7 with a twist: two coaches who are semi-confident in their starters.

Now, you won’t find either coach admitting to it. But Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen lost the starter’s job in Round 1, found his game again, then lost it again midway through Round 2.

He’s now had three good games in a row. While history tells us that means the goalie is due for a stinker, Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff is saying the right things after Lehtonen’s strong Game 6.

“We went into a real tough situation (in Game 6) and he stood tall, and I think that’s just a sign that he’s comfortable inside a big game right now,” Ruff said.

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The Talk Before Game 7 Of The Dallas Stars And St. Louis Blues Series

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

"It's an evenly matched series, and now it comes down to one game," said center Jason Spezza. "We know them, they know us, it's going to be a great game."

"We've worked hard all year to get to where we finished in the standings," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "Obviously, home ice is a big part of this. We have a good record at home. We might have lost a couple games in this series at home, but it doesn't matter. We're going to be ready to go and it's huge to play in front of our fans.

"We would go into every game down the stretch trying to win and focus on what we have to do, but at the same time we were checking our phones and the scoreboard to see what they were doing," Benn said. "We've built a pretty good rivalry here, and what better way to settle it than Game 7?"

"I think we get to make up anything we want, we really do," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said to the media when asked what he expects. "You guys get to take any angle you want, and I could make up anything I want. There's going to be opportunities to seize or change momentum in the game because we have two really good teams that are going at it here, two really close teams, and you're going into a Game 7."

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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Two Game 7’s Will Decide The Western Conference Finals

 NEW YORK (May 10, 2016) – Four Western Conference rivals will vie for the two berths in the Conference Finals in a pair of Game 7s this week. The Dallas Stars will play host to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, May 11 (8 p.m., ET/7 p.m., CT, NBCSN, SN, TVAS), followed by the San Jose Sharks taking on the Nashville Predators on Thursday, May 12 (start time and broadcast coverage TBA).

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Blues/Stars Have A Different Mentality Heading To Game 7

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Hitchcock is confident in exactly what he expects from his team in Game 7.

"I know one thing: We're going to come and we're going to come after them, big-time," Hitchcock said.

The Blues have been that way all postseason. They've been resilient. They've earned the trust of their coach.

The Stars? They seem to be learning the lessons of postseason hockey in warp speed. There were no bold proclamations from Stars coach Lindy Ruff afterward, just the observation that his group seems to pick something up each step of the way.

"We're still a team that's learning," Ruff said. "A lot of players, it's their first kick at this. I think we'll be better in Game 7. We'll be better again."

The Blues are coming. They've been on a mission since the start of this postseason, but the moment you start to count out these Stars, they surprise.

No two games in this series have been the same. There's no reason to believe Game 7 will be any different.

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The St. Louis Blues Now Face A Game 7 Road Game

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

To say that the Blues missed an opportunity Monday night would be both an understatement and extremely appropriate.

In spoiling a chance to clinch a trip to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2001, falling 3-2 to Dallas in Game 6 on home ice at Scottrade Center, the Blues missed 19 shots.

Let’s put this in more context: The Blues directed 75 shots on net compared to 25 by the Stars. Their 19 misfires were more than the visitors had on goal, 14.

But while the Blues responded well after spotting Dallas a 3-0 lead, Kari Lehtonen shut the door on their third-period rally, forcing this best-of-seven conference semifinal series to a Game 7.

This will be the second Game 7 the Blues will play in this postseason, following a first-round, series-deciding game against Chicago. They won that one 3-2 at home, but this one will be on the road at American Airlines Center.

“We’ve won twice in their building already,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I don’t think it matters where you play a Game 7. You get a chance to play it, it’s special. I think our players will be excited. I think they’re disappointed. There’s disappointment and we’ll get over that tomorrow. We’ll get focused and we’ll play really well again.”

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Open Post- Dallas Stars And Nashville Predators Face Elimination Tonight

Dallas @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET NBCSN (John Forslund, Pierre McGuire), CBC & TVAS

San Jose @ Nashville 9:00 PM ET CNBC (Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti), SN & TVAS2

A win tonight will put the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks into the Western Conference Finals.

The Blues don't want to go back to Dallas for game 7 and the Sharks with a win would get a little more time off.

Desperation time tonight.

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The St. Louis Blues Are Within Reach Of The Western Conference Finals

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues can practically taste the Western Conference finals, but they know how quickly a series can turn. They almost learned that lesson the hard way when they struggled to close out the Blackhawks after taking a 3-1 lead in that opening-round series.

A 3-2 lead isn’t quite as commanding as 3-1, obviously. Hitchcock knows as much. Elliott knows as much. Vladimir Tarasenko knows as much and so on. The Stars also know that they’re one victory away from regaining home-ice advantage and forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 at their house.

“We had a gutsy effort in Game 4,” Benn said. “And we’re going to need more desperation next game.”

With everything to lose, the Stars are definitely going to be a desperate team in Game 6.

The opening round served as a perfect tune-up for what awaits the Blues in Game 6. One more victory and they’re headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2001. It’s been 15 years since the Blues were in the conference finals, and you have to like their chances in Game 6 with Elliott in goal. They don’t have to be tight because it’s not a must-win game for them. They must play loose yet hungry.

“It’s always tough to win in the opposing building,” defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. “I know we’ve done well on the road, but we set ourselves up well to go home and win a game. If we can do more of the same like we did (in Game 5), I think we’ll be on the right side of things after Game 6.”

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The Scoring For The Dallas Stars Has Dried Up

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

The NHL's highest scoring team can no longer locate the net. Stars Coach Lindy Ruff calls it simply a matter of "puck luck." It surely seems to be more than that.

The St. Louis Blues took something less than command but something greater than a slight 3-2 edge in this series with their 4-1 victory at American Airlines Center Saturday afternoon. The game was over (2:26 p.m. CDT) almost before most afternoon games start, and now this series isn't over but it's tilted in the direction of the Blues.

It's not because Game 6 will be played back in St. Louis. The Blues have lost three of the their six home games in this postseason. They are no more dominant at home than the Stars have been (3-3 at AAC). But of the last three games in this series, the Blues have won by scores of 6-1 and 4-1 while losing once in overtime.

That constitutes a trend that doesn't favor the local club.

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Open Post- Game 5 Between The St. Louis Blues And Dallas Stars

Series is tied at two and the puck drops just after 1:00pm ET in Dallas

Calling the game on NBC will be John Forslund and Joe Micheletti.  The game is also on SN and TVAS in Canada.

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Quick Turnaround For Blues/Stars Today

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are 5-1 in daytime hockey this season, and the Dallas Stars are 5-2. One of those contests was Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series, won 3-2 by the Blues.

But while the clubs have been successful with the sun still shining outside, and they’ve already experienced the early start time in these playoffs, their matchup Saturday in Game 5 of a best-of-seven series tied at two games each will be challenging.

For starters, the puck will drop a little after noon at American Airlines Center and neither the Blues nor Dallas has played a game before 2 p.m. this season. Secondly, it will begin roughly 38 hours after the Stars wrapped up a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 at 10:07 p.m.

After it was over, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledged that both clubs appeared exhausted.

“Everybody knew this was going to be a long, hard series for both teams,” he said. “I thought both teams, at times, looked tired.”

And that was before both traveled back to Dallas. The Stars returned Thursday night and practiced Friday; the Blues took the day off before flying.

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