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Blues defeat Stars in double-OT to advance to Western Conference Finals

Play Gloria!

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It all boiled down to two St. Louis natives again: Ben Bishop and Pat Maroon. And again, like it was in game three, Pat Maroon emerged triumphant. The Blues needed six and a half minutes to get a Vince Dunn shot past Ben Bishop, and the Stars needed two and a half minutes more to get a Mats Zuccarello shot past Jordan Binnington.

For the next three and a half periods, the score would sit at 1-1. By the end of overtime, Ben Bishop would stop 52 of 54 shots on goal (and Binnington would stop 29 of 30), but all it takes is one shot, and that shot came from Rob Thomas. Maroon knocked Thomas’ shot into the net, and the Blues have gone from last place in the NHL in January to the Western Conference Finals.

A recap is forthcoming, and we’ll have to wait until tomorrow night to know if we face the Avalanche or the Sharks. They’re playing in their own game seven. Either opponent will be tough, but the Blues will have home ice advantage against the Avalanche.

The Blues played an excellent game seven tonight, and the Stars weren’t exactly a slouch themselves. Catch some rest, guys, before game one (probably) on Friday night.