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Fabbri helps Blues advance to conference finals

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BLUES OUST STARS IN GAME 7, ADVANCE TO CONFERENCE FINAL

The line of Robby Fabbri (1-2-3), Troy Brouwer (1-2-3) and Paul Stastny (1-2-3) combined for 3-6-9 to lift the St. Louis Blues past the Dallas Stars and to their first appearance in the Western Conference Final since 2001 (4-1 L vs. COL).

* At 20 years, 110 days, Fabbri is the youngest player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history with three points in a Game 7, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also became the youngest Blues player to score in a Game 7.

* Brouwer, who scored the winning goal in the Blues' series-clinching victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, played in his NHL-record eighth consecutive Game 7 (2-2-4). He had zero points in his first six Game 7s.

* Stastny added his third three-point game in the playoffs. The others, both with the Colorado Avalanche: Games 1 (2-1-3) and 2 (1-3-4) of the 2014 First Round against the Minnesota Wild.

* The line of Fabbri (2-6-8), Brouwer (4-4-8) and Stastny (3-4-7) totaled 9-14-23 in the Blues' seven-game victory against the Stars.

Video: Blues cruise to 6-1 win in Game 7 to advance to WCF

WEDNESDAY'S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

St. Louis 6, DALLAS 1 - STL wins 4-3

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: BLUES WIN GAME 7

* The Blues improved to 8-8 in 16 Game 7s, including a 4-6 record as visitors. It's their first Game 7 win on the road since the 1999 Western Conference Quarterfinals at the Phoenix Coyotes, a 1-0 overtime victory.

* The Blues, who defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 7 of the First Round, have multiple Game 7 wins in the same playoff year for the second time. The other such occurrence was 1967-68, their first season in the NHL (QF vs. PHI and SF vs. MNS).

* The Blues set a club record with six goals in Game 7. They never had scored more than three goals in any of their 15 prior Game 7s.

* The Blues will face the winner of Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). They have faced the Sharks four times in the playoffs (2-2) and never have played the Predators in the postseason.

MORE GAME 7 TRENDS

* Road teams improved to 69-95 (.421) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 2-1 record this year.

* The team that scores first improved to 122-42 (.744) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 3-0 record this year.

SHARKS, PREDATORS MEET IN FINAL GAME OF SECOND ROUND

The Sharks and Predators will try to clinch the last berth in the conference finals when they meet in Game 7 at SAP Center. San Jose is contesting its 10th Game 7 (5-4) and fourth Game 7 on home ice (all since 2008). Nashville is playing its second Game 7 ever after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in the first round. Sharks teammates Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Joel Ward lead all participating players with five career Game 7s (all 2-3). Predators coach Peter Laviolette has won an NHL-record five consecutive Game 7s dating to 2006 (5-1 overall).

Video: Preview of Game 7, Predators vs. Sharks

NHL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2016 CONFERENCE FINALS

The NHL announced the dates, starting times and television information for the 2016 conference finals:

* The Eastern Conference Final, featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, will begin at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

* The Western Conference Final, featuring the Blues and winner of Game 7 between the Sharks and Predators, will begin at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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LOOSE PUCKS

Blues captain David Backes (1-1-2) scored his sixth goal of the postseason, in 14 games. He had five goals in 29 playoff games entering 2016. … Teammate Vladimir Tarasenko scored his seventh goal of the postseason, which ranks third in the NHL. … Blues coach Ken Hitchcock improved to 5-2 in seven Game 7s. … Actor Taylor Kitsch was in attendance at American Airlines Center.

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