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Preview: Game 7 vs. Dallas

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

GAME 7 VS. DALLAS

When: Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
Watch: NBCSN, NBC Sports App
Listen: Y98 FM, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

Best-of-seven series tied, 3-3

"We all believe we're going back for a Game 7. Why wouldn't we? We're a confident group that's played good hockey for a long time."

Those were the words of Blues Head Coach Craig Berube just 90 minutes before a must-win Game 6 in Dallas.

And that's exactly what the Blues did - they forced a Game 7 even though recent playoff history might have had people believing they wouldn't.

Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron, Jaden Schwartz and Sammy Blais scored while goalie Jordan Binnington made 22 saves for the Blues, who evened the best-of-seven series at 3-3 with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

"I don't think anyone believed in us (in Game 6) and we got it done," Pat Maroon said.

"We're just excited to keep playing hockey," added Perron. "That's what it's all about. Obviously, we want to get to the end, but we're excited to keep it alive. We'll do the same thing next game. It's a seven-game series for a reason. We're looking to amp it up and play even better next game."

The Blues played back-to-back Game 7s back in 2016 en route to the Western Conference Final. Troy Brouwer sent the Blues to a victory in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round, and the Blues beat the Stars 6-1 at American Airlines Center in Game 7 to reach the third round for the first time in 15 years.

The Blues have 15 players on the roster with Game 7 experience, with Carl Gunnarsson and Maroon leading the way with three games each.

Video: Blues locker room before Game 7 vs. DAL


WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Carl Gunnarsson
On whether Blues are nervous about facing elimination again
"I think everyone is a little nervous facing elimination, but it kind of gives you that desperation that you need, though. That showed (in Game 6)… I don't think anyone is sitting in there thinking 'We've done this before, it's going to be easy.'"

Vladimir Tarasenko
On Blues having Game 7 experience
"We have a couple. They both went to our side a couple years ago. Those are really good memories and really intense games. It's going to be a hard game, a fun game. These are the moments why we play hockey. Everybody's season is on the line and just need to have fun and enjoy those games."

Craig Berube
On how to prepare for Game 7
"Just put the noise behind us and just play. Treat it like a road game as much as we can, play a simple brand of hockey and get to our game as quickly as possible. Keep the noise out and focus on playing."

Video: Blues, Stars meet in Game 7


BLUE NOTES

Jaden Schwartz recorded his eighth goal of the postseason on Sunday, which ranks first on the Blues and second in the NHL behind San Jose's Logan Couture (nine)… Alex Pietrangelo has at least one point in nine of the Blues' 12 playoff games this season… Jordan Binnington's five road wins in the playoffs matched a franchise record for the most road wins by a Blues goaltender in the postseason (Brian Elliott, 5)… Sammy Blais became the seventh rookie in franchise history to score a goal in his postseason debut and the first since Marty Reasoner in 2000.

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