Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Blues advance to West final

DALLAS — Robby Fabbri, Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer each scored a goal and had two assists, and the Blues dominated the Stars to advance to their first Western Conference final since 2001 with a 6-1 victory in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series Wednesday night.

The Blues, in the playoffs for the 40th time and still in search of their first Stanley Cup, will have home-ice advantage in the Western Conference final against the Predators or Sharks.

The Predators and Sharks play their Game 7 tonight.

David Backes and Patrik Berglund also had goals for the Blues, who won their third road game in the series. Vladimir Tarasenko added an empty-netter with 4:40 left.

Patrick Eaves had the lone goal for Dallas.

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First Period1, St. Louis, Fabbri 3 (Brouwer, Stastny), 5:23 (pp). 2, St. Louis, Stastny 3 (Brouwer, Fabbri), 18:22. 3, St. Louis, berglund 4 (Lehtera, Backes), 19:56. PenaltiesGoligoski, Dal (hooking), 4:31; Lehtera, StL (cross-checking), 9:38; Faksa, Dal (cross-checking), 14:59.

Second Period4, St. Louis,Backes 6 (Berglund, Parayko), 3:50. 5, St. Louis, Brouwer 5 (Fabbri, Stastny), 15:06. PenaltiesOtt, StL (interference), 9:55; Schwartz, StL (hooking), 16:11.

Third Period6, Dallas, Eaves 3 (Goligoski, Oduya), 5:15. 7, St. Louis Tarasenko 7 (Schwartz, Lehtera), 15:20 (en). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 8-9-2—19. Dallas 7-18-7—32. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 1 of 2; Dallas 0 of 3. GoaliesSt. Louis, Elliott 8-6(32 shots-31 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 6-3 (8-5), Niemi (20:00 second, 10-8).

Sharks need home to be sweet: All during the regular season, the Sharks faced questions about why they could be so dominant on the road but struggle to win at home. In the biggest game yet of their season, the Sharks hope their playoff home success carries over to Game 7 of their series against the Predators tonight, when a spot in the Western Conference final is on the line.

"I love our game at home," center Joe Thornton said. "I know it was a big part of the story going into the postseason how our home record was. But I've loved our home game, and I love the energy the crowd has been giving us. It's been great."

The Sharks led the NHL with 28 road wins in the regular season but had a losing record at home, where their 18 wins in 41 games were the fewest of any playoff team. But after losing their first home game of the postseason to the Kings, the Sharks have rolled off four straight home wins.

The Sharks find themselves in a must-win Game 7 because they were unable to win any games in Nashville this series. The Predators took all three home games, including a triple-overtime thriller in Game 4 and an overtime win in Game 6 on Monday.

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