NEW YORK -- The unpredictability, intensity and excitement of a Game 7 will play out for the fourth time in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the St. Louis Blues play host to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, May 7, at Enterprise Center (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS). The Central Division rivals are vying for a berth in the Western Conference Final.
Two of the three Game 7s in the First Round were decided in overtime. The San Jose Sharks eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights in the first extra period, becoming the second team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win a Game 7, while the Carolina Hurricanes overcame a two-goal deficit on the road in dethroning the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals in double-overtime. The other winner-take-all contest saw the Boston Bruins record their second Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in as many years.
The Blues and Stars will be meeting in a Game 7 for the fifth time in their 12 best-of-seven playoff meetings, with three of their four Game 7s won in overtime. The Blues own a 3-1 edge, earning wins in the 1968 Semifinals (2-1, 2OT), 1972 Quarterfinals (2-1, OT) and 2016 Second Round (6-1); the Stars' victory occurred in the 1984 Division Finals (4-3, OT).
The most recent Game 7 appearance for both came in their Second Round clash in 2016. St. Louis earned a 6-1 road win over Dallas, powered by 1-2-3 from then 20-year-old Robby Fabbri, who became the youngest player in NHL history to register three points in a Game 7.
Nine Blues players who have appeared in at least one contest during the 2019 Second Round played in St. Louis' last Game 7 (Jay Bouwmeester, Carl Gunnarsson, Joel Edmundson, Fabbri, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko). Five members of the Stars' current roster skated against the Blues in the decisive contest of their 2016 Second Round series (Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, Mattias Janmark, John Klingberg and Jason Spezza).
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