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Stars staying positive despite Game 7 disappointment

With potent scorers returning, Dallas hopes to build on strong regular season

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- It was almost as if the Dallas Stars played two different seasons in 2015-16. For all of their regular-season success, their Stanley Cup Playoff run ended in disappointment against the St. Louis Blues in a seven-game Western Conference Second Round loss.

In the regular season, Dallas won the Central Division and had the best record in the Western Conference. It was the Stars' first division title since 2006, the last time they earned the top seed in the conference.

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St. Louis Zoo collects on bet

Dallas counterparts on wrong end of series wager after Blues defeat Stars

by Patrick Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Dallas and St. Louis Zoos are even.

To settle a wager with its St. Louis counterpart, Dallas Zoo vice president of guest experiences Sean Greene shoveled 250 pounds of elephant excrement while wearing a St. Louis Blues jersey Friday morning.

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Stars' Seguin was sidelined by calf injury

Dallas center limited to one game in playoffs after return from partially-cut Achilles tendon

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was sidelined for all but Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a lower-body injury.

On Friday, Seguin and Stars general manager Jim Nill revealed it was a calf injury Seguin had sustained that kept him out for most of the first round against the Minnesota Wild, a series Dallas won in six games, and the entire second round, when the Stars fell in seven games to the St. Louis Blues.

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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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St. Louis wins battle of zoos

Dallas counterpart on losing end after Blues' Game 7 victory against Stars

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The St. Louis Blues win in Game 7 also made victors of the St. Louis Zoo.

The Blues' 6-1 victory against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday pushed the St. Louis Zoo past its Dallas counterparts in their wager on the Western Conference Second Round series. As a result, the Dallas Zoo will be sending vice president of guest experiences Sean Greene into its "Giants of the Savanna" habitat to shovel and clean up after its nine elephants. He will don a Blues shirt while he works and will move at least 250 pounds of excrement from the territory. 

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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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5 Reasons: Why Blues advanced

Elliott's performance, Hitchcock's coaching proved too much for Stars

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001 after their 6-1 defeat of the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round on Wednesday.

The win was a byproduct of what has worked for the Blues throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs; they're more than just forward Vladimir Tarasenko on the offensive side of the puck.

Here are 5 reasons the Blues advanced:

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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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