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Blues, Blackhawks set for another Game 7

St. Louis, Chicago to play in first series finale since 1990

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Though they entered the NHL four decades after the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues have played more Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series at Scottrade Center on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-CH) is the 14th for the Blackhawks and 15th for the Blues, who entered the League in 1967. It's the second time they've played each other in a Game 7; the other came in 1990, when the Blackhawks won at Chicago Stadium.  

Here's a game-by-game look at how each team has fared in Game 7:

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Overall: 7-6 (home 5-3; road 2-3); Overtime 1-2

April 7, 1953 -- Semifinals: Montreal 4, Chicago 1 
The Blackhawks, making their first playoff appearance in seven years, took a 3-2 series lead by winning Game 5 in Montreal. But the Montreal Canadiens won 3-0 at Chicago Stadium in Game 6, and Eddie Mazur scored twice and set up a goal by Maurice Richard in Game 7 at the Forum. Bill Mosienko scored for the Blackhawks.

April 9, 1964 -- Semifinals: Detroit 4, Chicago 2
The first home Game 7 in franchise history didn't go well for the Blackhawks. The Detroit Red Wings' Floyd Smith and Gordie Howe scored in the first 5:06 of the game, Alex Delvecchio had a second-period goal and Parker MacDonald beat Glenn Hall 8:02 into the third during a power play. Bill Hay and Bobby Hull scored in the second period for the Blackhawks. 

April 15, 1965 -- Semifinals: Chicago 4, Detroit 2
The Blackhawks avenged their Game 7 loss to the Red Wings in 1964 by rallying from a 2-0 deficit at the Olympia. Hull and Doug Mohns scored for Chicago in the second period to tie the game, and Stan Mikita made it 3-2 early in the third. Eric Nesterenko scored an insurance goal with 5:44 remaining. The Blackhawks outshot the Red Wings 26-10 after the first period.

May 1, 1965 -- Final: Montreal 4, Chicago 0
The home team had won the first six games of this series; unfortunately for the Blackhawks that trend continued in Game 7 at the Forum. Jean Beliveau scored 14 seconds after the opening faceoff, triggering a four-goal first period by the Canadiens. They coasted from there, with goaltender Gump Worsley forced to make 20 saves.

May 2, 1971 -- Semifinals: Chicago 4, New York Rangers 2
Hull set up Cliff Koroll's game-tying power-play goal at 13:29 of the second period at Chicago Stadium, then put Chicago ahead to stay 4:25 into the third when he scored after Lou Angotti won an offensive-zone faceoff. Chico Maki scored into an empty net with 26 seconds remaining to send Chicago to the Final.

May 18, 1971 -- Final: Montreal 3, Chicago 2
As was the case six years earlier, the Blackhawks and Canadiens entered Game 7 of the Final at Chicago Stadium after the home team won each of the first six games. It looked like that trend would continue when goals by Dennis Hull and Danny O'Shea gave Chicago a 2-0 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the second period. But Montreal's Jacques Lemaire beat Tony Esposito from the red line at 14:18, and Henri Richard got Montreal even at 18:20. Richard scored again 2:34 into the third period, and Montreal killed two penalties to win the series and the Cup.

Video: 1971 Cup Final, Gm7: Henri Richard lifts Habs

April 16, 1990 -- Norris Division Semifinals: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2
The Blackhawks trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes at Chicago Stadium, but Wayne Presley and Jeremy Roenick each scored twice in the second period to give the Blackhawks some breathing room. Greg Gilbert scored a late insurance goal and Greg Millen made 30 saves.

April 30, 1990 -- Norris Division Final: Chicago 8, St. Louis 2
Roenick scored twice in the first period at Chicago Stadium, and the Blackhawks blew the game open when Steve Larmer, Denis Savard and Dave Manson had goals in the first 10:22 of the second. Ed Belfour made 26 saves.

May 19, 1995 -- Western Conference Quarterfinals: Chicago 5, Toronto 2
Defenseman Eric Weinrich put the Blackhawks ahead 2-1 at United Center when he scored late in the second period, and Joe Murphy scored twice in the third. Belfour made 22 saves in the Blackhawks' first victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a playoff series since 1938; the Maple Leafs had beaten the Blackhawks five times in a row.

April 26, 2011 -- Western Conference Quarterfinals: Vancouver 2, Chicago 1 (OT)
The Blackhawks' reign as Stanley Cup champions ended after one year when Alexandre Burrows' knuckling slap shot went past Corey Crawford 5:22 into overtime at Rogers Arena. It came after Jonathan Toews tied the game by scoring a shorthanded goal with 1:56 remaining in the third period. The Blackhawks had forced Game 7 by winning three straight games after losing the first three.

May 29, 2013 -- Western Conference Semifinals: Chicago 2, Detroit 1 (OT)
The Blackhawks became the 25th team in NHL history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit when defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his first goal of the 2013 postseason at 3:35 of overtime at United Center. Crawford made 27 saves to push the Blackhawks into the conference final.

June 1, 2014 -- Western Conference Final: Los Angeles 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
The Blackhawks scored twice in the first 8:36 of the game at United Center, and though they were unable to hold leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3, they never trailed until Kings defenseman Alec Martinez took a shot that pinballed off Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy and went past Crawford at 5:47 of overtime. The loss ended the Blackhawks' hopes of becoming the first repeat champion since the 1998 Red Wings.

May 30, 2015   -- Western Conference Final: Chicago 5, Anaheim 3
Toews scored twice in the first period at Honda Center and the Blackhawks advanced to the Final for the third time in six seasons after trailing 3-2 in the series against the Ducks. Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa scored in the second period to give the Blackhawks a 4-0 lead, and Seabrook's power-play goal midway through the third helped the Blackhawks defuse a late Anaheim Ducks push.

Overall: 6-8 (home 3-2; road 3-5); overtime 3-2

April 18, 1968 -- Quarterfinals: St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 1
The Blues' first playoff series went to the limit after the Philadelphia Flyers won Games 5 and 6, but the Blues disappointed the crowd at the Spectrum when Larry Keenan broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal midway through the second period. Red Berenson scored into an empty net in the final minute and Glenn Hall made 26 saves.

May 3, 1968 -- Semifinals: St. Louis 2, Minnesota 1 (2OT)
Walt McKechnie of the North Stars and Dickie Moore of the Blues scored 31 seconds apart late in the second period at St. Louis Arena, and the goaltenders were flawless until Ron Schock's goal 2:50 into the second overtime sent the Blues into the Stanley Cup Final. Hall finished with 44 saves.

April 16, 1972 -- Quarterfinals: St. Louis 2 at Minnesota 1 (OT)
The Blues took a 1-0 lead at Met Center when Gary Sabourin scored 12;04 into the game, but Charlie Burns got the host North Stars even 15 seconds into the third period. Kevin O'Shea put the Blues into the Semifinals when he scored 10:07 into overtime; older brother Danny O'Shea had an assist. Jacques Caron made 28 saves.

April 22, 1984 -- Norris Division Final: Minnesota 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)
It looked like the Blues might defeat the North Stars in a third straight Game 7 when Mark Reeds scored the go-ahead goal with 5:54 remaining in the third period at Met Center. But the North Stars' Willi Plett tied the game 15 seconds later, and they dominated play until Steve Payne won it 6:00 into overtime. Mike Liut made 39 saves for the Blues

April 30, 1986 -- Norris Division Final: Toronto 1 at St. Louis 2
The Maple Leafs dominated play for most of the game at St. Louis Arena, outshooting the Blues 33-24. But Millen made 32 saves and Kevin LaVallee broke a 1-1 tie when he beat Ken Wregget 7:34 into the third period. The victory moved the Blues into the conference finals for the first time since 1972.

Video: 1986 Conf Finals, Gm6: Blues' Monday Night Miracle

May 14, 1986 -- Campbell Conference Final: Calgary 2, St. Louis 1
St. Louis came up one goal short in its bid to make the Final for the first time since 1970. Eddy Beers' power-play goal with 1:58 remaining in the third period at the Saddledome got the Blues within one goal, but they were unable to get another shot past Flames goalie Mike Vernon. Rick Wamsley made 23 saves for the Blues.

April 30, 1990 -- Norris Division Final: Chicago 8, St. Louis 2
The Blues never were in this one at Chicago Stadium; they trailed 5-0 before Paul MacLean scored a power-play goal 12:06 into the second period. Adam Oates had a goal late in the third period. Goalie Vincent Riendeau allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Curtis Joseph, who was beaten four times on 14 shots.

April 16, 1991 -- Norris Division Semifinal: St. Louis 3, Detroit 2
The Blues had a goal in each period and never trailed in a tight-checking game at St. Louis Arena. Brett Hull scored his eighth goal of the series at 19:39 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie, and Rich Sutter's goal 1:39 into the third period proved to be the game-winner when the Red Wings' Jimmy Carson scored at 12:27. Riendeau made 18 saves.

May 15, 1993 -- Norris Division Final: Toronto 6, St. Louis 0
The Blues had rallied with two third-period goals to win Game 6, but they were never in Game 7, at Maple Leaf Gardens. Wendel Clark scored two of the Maple Leafs' four goals in the first period, and they got two more in the second period. Joseph allowed all six goals. The Maple Leafs' Felix Potvin made 25 saves.

May 19, 1995 -- Western Conference Quarterfinals: Vancouver 5 at St. Louis 3
St. Louis spent the game playing catch-up after the Vancouver Canucks got goals by Adrian Aucoin and Pavel Bure before the game, at Scottrade Center, was 13 minutes old. Hull scored with 4:35 remaining in the third period to get St. Louis within 4-3, but Bure scored into an empty net with 22 seconds left. St. Louis lost despite outshooting Vancouver 44-22.

May 16, 1996 -- Western Conference Semifinals: Detroit 1, St. Louis 0 (2OT)
The Blues had the top-seeded Red Wings on the ropes after winning Game 5 in Detroit, but lost Game 6 at home. Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena was a goaltending battle between goalies Jon Casey of the Blues and Chris Osgood of the Red Wings until Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman took one stride over the blue line and teed up a slap shot that beat Casey to end the series.

Video: 1996 Round 2, Gm 7: Steve Yzerman's 2OT goal

May 4, 1999 -- Western Conference Quarterfinals: St. Louis 1, Phoenix 0 (OT)
Three years after the painful loss to the Red Wings, the Blues capped a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit when Pierre Turgeon scored on a deflection at 17:59 of overtime at America West Arena to end a goaltending battle between the Blues' Grant Fuhr and Nikolai Khabibulin of the Coyotes. Fuhr made 35 saves before Turgeon got a piece of Ricard Persson's shot from the left circle to win the series.

April 25, 2000 -- Western Conference Quarterfinals: San Jose 3, St. Louis 1
The Blues won the Presidents' Trophy with a 51-19-11 record, but that didn't help them against the eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks. The Blues had to win Games 5 and 6 just to have a chance to advance, but they never recovered in Game 7 at Scottrade Center after Ron Stern and Owen Nolan scored to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead after one period. It was 3-0 before Scott Young scored a power-play goal 2:09 into the third period, but Sharks goalie Steve Shields finished with 21 saves to complete the upset.

April 22, 2003 -- Western Conference Quarterfinals: Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1
The Blues were in position to win the series after taking a 3-1 lead, but the Canucks won Game 5 at home and Game 6 in St. Louis to push the series to the limit. Martin Rucinsky scored 60 seconds into Game 7 at Rogers Arena to give the Blues a quick lead, but Jacques Cloutier stopped the other 33 shots he faced. Trevor Linden set up Brendan Morrison's go-ahead goal in the second period, then put the game away when he scored a shorthanded goal early in the third.

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