The St. Louis Blues are enjoying success on the road during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and that has them one win from the Western Conference Final.
The Blues received goals from four different skaters, including two in 33 seconds from Jaden Schwartz and Sammy Blais in the third period to cap a 4-1 victory against the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Sunday. St. Louis is 5-1 as visitors in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs; their five road wins are second-most in St. Louis postseason history, behind six in 2016 (6-4).
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Game 7 is at Enterprise Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBS, TVAS), with the Blues and Stars playing their 17th and 13th series-deciding games, respectively, and first against each other since the second round in 2016, when Blues forward Robby Fabbri (20 years, 110 days) became the youngest NHL player to have three points (one goal, two assists) in a Game 7 in a 6-1 Blues win at American Airlines Center. St. Louis is 8-8 in its past 16 Game 7s, including 4-2 at home. Dallas is 5-7 in 12 series-deciding games, including 2-1 on the road.
The Blues have won a best-of-7 series after forcing a Game 7 three times in their history, defeating the Minnesota North Stars 2-1 in overtime in the 1972 NHL Quarterfinals, the Detroit Red Wings in the 1991 Norris Division Semifinals and the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0 in overtime in the 1999 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Blais, a sixth-round pick (No. 176) in the 2014 NHL Draft, is the 12th player in Blues history to score a goal in his playoff debut and first since Brad Boyes in Game 1 of the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a 2-1 loss at the Vancouver Canucks. Blais is the fifth player to do so this season, following Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen, Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov, Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar.
Schwartz has scored eight goals in the 2019 playoffs, one behind San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture for the NHL lead. He's tied for the sixth-most goals in a playoff season by a Blues players; the record is 13 by Brett Hull in 1990.
Bruins, Sharks each look to close second round
The Boston Bruins can advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the eighth time since the round was introduced in 1982 with a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 of the second round at Nationwide Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The Bruins are 13-3 when winning Game 5 after splitting the first four games of a best-of-7 series, and the Blue Jackets hope to play Game 7 for the first time in their history. The winner will play the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Sharks will reach the Western Conference Final for the fifth time if they defeat the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 at Pepsi Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). San Jose is 5-2 when winning Game 5 after splitting the first four games of a best-of-7 series.
The Avalanche will try to win Game 6 after trailing a best-of-7 series 3-2 for the fifth time in their history and first since the 2002 Western Conference Semifinals, when Peter Forsberg scored in overtime to defeat the Sharks 2-1. Colorado went on to defeat San Jose 1-0 in Game 7 to advance to the conference final.
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