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Blues fans celebrate series win via Twitter

RB Elliott supports his hometown team despite being drafted by Cowboys

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Staff Writer

Running back Ezekiel Elliott may have been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but he remains loyal to his hometown St. Louis Blues.

The former Ohio State University standout, who was drafted by the Cowboys two weeks ago, was one of many celebrities to congratulate the Blues after they defeated the Dallas Stars 6-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round on Wednesday.

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Agnew: Net gain Blues' best advantage

Performance of goaltender Elliott shot down Stars in Game 7

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Gary Agnew to break down the action. Agnew will be checking in throughout the playoffs.

Agnew, 55, was an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets. He also served as interim coach of the Blue Jackets for five games during the 2006-07 season, and has been coach of Syracuse of the American Hockey League and London and Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.

DALLAS -- The way Game 7 started was, in the end, far from where it finished. When it started, both teams had energy, with the Dallas Stars skating well and creating chances and the St. Louis Blues doing the same, with the opportunity for a good, well-played, tight game still a possibility. 

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5 Reasons: Why Stars were eliminated

Lack of scoring, special-teams struggles sealed Dallas' fate

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com correspondent

The Dallas Stars' first Game 7 at American Airlines Center against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday didn't go well. The Blues won 6-1 to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001.

Dallas, the regular season Western Conference and Central Division champions, had various issues during the seven-game second-round series.

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Early deficit dooms Stars in Game 7

Missed chances, shaky goaltending cost Dallas in deciding game against Blues

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars failed to capitalize on some early scoring opportunities in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round on Wednesday at American Airlines Center. The St. Louis Blues made them pay.

Defenseman Jason Demers nearly gave the Stars the lead less than two minutes into the game, but Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made the first of his 31 saves, a pad stop at close range. The Blues then took advantage of their first power play when Robby Fabbri scored at 5:23, and they were off and running to a 6-1 victory that moved them into the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001.

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Blues finally break through to Western Final

Defeat Stars in Game 7 to advance past second round for first time in 15 years

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- Celebratory shouts and cheers could be heard from behind a thick, black curtain while the Dallas Stars trudged into their dressing room. Their heads were down, their dreams over. The free-wheeling team described as "the future of the NHL" by St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock would have to wait another season.

The Stars had succumbed to the League's present, in the form of those formerly downtrodden, dismissed Blues, who have never won the Stanley Cup and hadn't even played in a Western Conference Final in a decade and a half. The Blues had been a team that couldn't get out of the first round, that nearly cost their coach his job, that just wasn't quite good enough when it mattered after being more than good enough through regular season after regular season.

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Elliott bounces back, sparks Blues to Game 7 win

Chat with Brodeur helped goaltender rebound after being pulled in Game 6

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- A chat with the winningest goaltender in NHL history was just what St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott needed before Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Dallas Stars.

Elliott was pulled from Game 6 after allowing three first-period goals on seven shots. Jake Allen played the final two periods in a 3-2 loss that prevented the Blues from clinching the series.

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Blues will face Sharks or Predators in Western Final

St. Louis hosts winner of other second-round series Sunday in Game 1

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001 with a 6-1 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the second round at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

The Blues will play the San Jose Sharks or Nashville Predators in the conference final. That best-of-7 series is tied 3-3 with Game 7 at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

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Instant analysis: Blues at Stars, Game 7

Brouwer, Stastny power St. Louis to first Western Conference Final since 2001

by Amaile Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues are headed to their first Western Conference Final in 15 years after defeating the Dallas Stars 6-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

In a best-of-7 series in which home-ice advantage meant next to nothing, the Blues won their third game in Dallas. The Blues got goals from Robby Fabbri, Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund, David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Vladimir Tarasenko to set up a conference final against the winner of Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators.

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Blues cruise by Stars in Game 7

St. Louis in first conference final since 2001, will play Nashville or San Jose

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues built a big early lead and defeated the Dallas Stars 6-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday to win the Western Conference Second Round series and advance to the conference final for the first time since 2001.

David Backes, Patrik Berglund, Troy Brouwer, Robby Fabbri and Paul Stastny combined for 13 points, and Brian Elliott made 31 saves for St. Louis, which led 4-0 less than four minutes into the second period at American Airlines Center.

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Coach's Challenge: STL @ DAL - 17:39 of first period

Original call is overturned - no goal St. Louis

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Situation Room: STl vs. DAL, Gm7

Situation Room: Tarasenko's goal overturned

R2, Gm7: After video review on a challenge, it is determined that Vladimir Tarasenko entered the zone offside, overturning the call to no goal

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At 17:39 of the first period in the Blues/Stars game, Dallas requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko was off-side prior to his goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Tarasenko was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an "Off-side" infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed." 

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