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Conference Final

Jones needed to be perfect to save Sharks, McKenna says

Blues, injuries to teammates too much for San Jose goalie to overcome in Game 6

by Mike McKenna / Special to NHL.com

Mike McKenna has been a professional goalie for the past 14 seasons and has played for seven NHL teams and 13 minor-league teams. Most recently he played in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, playing one NHL game with them this season. He also played 10 games with the Ottawa Senators.

He knows about the most important position in the playoffs and a lot about the men who play it and those trying to score goals against them. So NHL.com asked him to share his insights during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In his latest column, McKenna talks about the 5-1 victory by the St. Louis Blues against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Tuesday, which sent the Blues to their first Stanley Cup Final in 49 years.

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facts & figures

Facts and Figures: Blues complete historic run from last place to Final

St. Louis advances to championship round for first time since 1970

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

The St. Louis Blues are the only team in the NHL expansion era (since 1967-68) to go from last place in the standings at any point after its 20th game of the season to make the Stanley Cup Final. They did it for the second time in their history by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

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Conference Final

Blues can end 'a lot of heartache' in Final against Bruins

Reach championship round for first time in 49 years, out to win Cup at last

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

ST. LOUIS -- Brett Hull sat alone in a lounge next to the St. Louis Blues locker room, a quiet, satisfied smile on his face as the party raged and the victory anthem "Gloria" played over and over and over again.

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Short Shifts

Blues make Hull cry after clinching berth in Stanley Cup Final

Hockey Hall of Fame forward, VP of team, emotional after Game 6 win

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Golden Brett turned on the water works after the St. Louis Blues clinched a Stanley Cup Final berth for the first time since 1970.

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Conference Final

Bouwmeester reaches Cup Final for first time with Blues' win

Defenseman gets there after playing 1,252 NHL games

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Jay Bouwmeester knew his time was running out on having the chance to play for the Stanley Cup.

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Conference Final

Blues fans pack Philadelphia 'Gloria' bar to celebrate Cup Final trip

Revel in win against Sharks where song tradition started

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- If Bob Batdorf was going to be in Philadelphia while his beloved St. Louis Blues were going to clinch the team's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1970, the only place he wanted to watch the game was at Jacks NYB, where the "Gloria" tradition was born.

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Conference Final

Sharks can't overcome injuries, eliminated with Game 6 loss to Blues

Karlsson, Pavelski, Hertl each missed game with undisclosed ailment

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl each played a critical role for the San Jose Sharks throughout the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. Missing just one of those players was going to make their chances of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final difficult.

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Conference Final

Thornton mum on future after Sharks' elimination in Western Final

39-year-old center can become unrestricted free agent July 1

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Senior Director of Editorial

ST. LOUIS -- Joe Thornton didn't want it to end this way again.

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Short Shifts

Tkachuk supports roommate Thomas, roots on Blues at Game 6

Senators forward shows up clad in shirt for St. Louis forward

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Tkachuk takes in Game 6

SJS@STL, Gm6: Brady Tkachuk cheers on Blues, Thomas

WCF, Gm6: Senators forward Brady Tkachuk shows his support for Robert Thomas and the Blues and discusses their success in the playoffs

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When you are sharing a bathroom with someone, you'd better be rooting for them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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game recap

Blues advance to Stanley Cup Final with Game 6 win against Sharks

Will face Bruins in first trip to championship round since 1970

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Tarasenko snipes home PPG

SJS@STL, Gm6: Tarasenko roofs PPG from the circle

WCF, Gm6: Colton Parayko dishes to Vladimir Tarasenko, who wires a wrist shot past Martin Jones on the power play to double the Blues' lead

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970 with a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

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