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Before Tuesday’s Game 6 Between The Blues And Sharks

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

The St. Louis Blues are on the verge of something that has been dreamed about in this city for nearly 50 years, but the players who can make it happen say they aren't dreaming about it at all.

That, they say, will be the key to prospering in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks at Enterprise Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

Win, and the Blues play the Boston Bruins beginning May 27 in their first Stanley Cup Final since losing to the Bruins in 1970. Lose, and there will be a Game 7 at SAP Center on Thursday....

The Sharks are 4-0 in elimination games during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues, who have never won the Cup, are 2-0 in games when they can advance. They defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 6 of the first round and eliminated the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the second overtime of Game 7 in the second round.

"This is a group that treats every game the same way," St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo said Monday. "We have done that pretty much for the whole second half of the season leading up to this point. That's why we have been such a resilient group."

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Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com on the Sharks,

"We don't need hope; we've got hope," Sharks defenseman Brent Burns said with an exasperated laugh after their 5-0 loss in Game 5 at SAP Center on Sunday. "We like our team. You lose today. We go in there, we play a good game and we've got some experience in Game 7."

Burns is right. Win Game 6, and the Sharks change the narrative. They would be returning home for Game 7 on Thursday, and they won Game 7 at home in each of the first two rounds. They'd have a chance to become the second team to win three seven-game series to make the Stanley Cup Final, joining the 2014 Los Angeles Kings.

But they might have to play Game 6 without three of their top players: defenseman Erik Karlsson and forwards Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski. Each left Game 5 because of an injury, and coach Peter DeBoer gave no updates Monday before the Sharks left for the airport.

And while the coaches and players are focused on the short term, San Jose has to change the narrative in the long term, too.

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