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Stars Vs. Blues Round 2 Game 7 Recap

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It took two overtimes, and a hometown hero, but your St. Louis Blues are headed to the Western Conference Final

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

Blues Lineup:

Forwards

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko

Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron

Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas

Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen

Defense

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn - Carl Gunnarsson

Goalie

Jordan Binnington

Game Highlights:

First Period -

Jordan Binnington had to be on his toes after a Blues turnover that lead to a Radek Faksa breakaway. Seeing as how Binnington has no nerves or emotion whatsoever, he was able to make the save look easy.

VInce Dunn, who has looked not so great at times in the series, nets the Blues first goal of the night. On the play. Dunn received a pass that he collected and then fired the puck on net. Maroon was there for at least a screen of Ben Bishop (it had also looked like he had tipped the puck but replay showed otherwise) and the puck ended up in the back of the net. 1-0 Blues.

Moments later, the Stars got it right back as Mats Zuccarello fired a puck past a stickless Binnington. Binnington lost his stick after he had been run into by a Stars player. The puck went behind the net. David Perron tried to clear the puck around the boards but the puck bounced off the refs skate and out to the middle of the ice. Zuccarello had himself a very easy goal and the Stars tied the game at one.

The Stars outshot the Blues in the first 13-10.

Second Period -

No goals, but complete domination by the Blues on the shot counter as it was 18-1 in favor of the home team. The Blues also had two almost back to back power play chances but couldn’t capitalize on either one. The Dallas penalty kill was definately one of their bright spots in the first two rounds.

Third Period -

More of the same as the Blues again outshot the Stars 13-3. No goals for either side so we headed into overtime. Because that’s what we all needed. A game 7 overtime.

Overtime Period One -

The Blues fell down to Earth a bit as the Stars put up a little bit more of a fight. In the end however, the two teams needed a second OT in this one. Shots in the first OT were 11-10 in favor of the Blues.

Second Overtime -

The Blues finally had a hero step up and end this one. Actually you could say it was three. The first was Tyler Bozak for winning the offensive zone faceoff. The second was Robert Thomas. He is really emerging as a player who has a very bright NHL career. (At one point it was believed they were double shifting him) Thomas makes some great moves and fired a shot on goal. The puck bounced off the post, off of Bishop, and onto the ice. That’s when good ol’ hometown kid Patrick Maroon swats the puck into the net winning the game and the series for the Blues.

Despite making a total of 52 stops, the other other hometown kid gets stuck with his first game 7 loss. Tough break and a shout out to Ben Bishop for playing and outstanding game. The Blues will have to wait to find out who they play in the Western Conference Final as the Avs and Sharks are also playing a game 7. Hey Siri, play Gloria.

Here are some more numbers from tonight’s win thanks to Fox Sports Midwest.

From The Twitter Machine:

Everything is better with Titanic music.

Good Karma comes to those that take the hometown discount to be closer to his family. Couldn’t be more happy for the guy.

Here’s the radio call from y98...who is by the way playing Gloria for 24 straight hours.

It was a very hard fought series. But the better team won. Ok. I might be a little biased.

Player of the Game:

Well...Duh. Also, the video team for the Blues that put this together.