People love Game 7’s because of the heart-stopping tension that comes when both teams are facing elimination. Sometimes a blowout can make such a situation a little anticlimactic.
The Dallas Stars and especially Kari Lehtonen laid an egg in the first period of Game 7, falling behind 3-0. While Dallas generated some impressive chances, the St. Louis Blues never really looked back in a 6-1 win.
The two final ugly goals of the first period really seemed to spell Dallas’ doom:
Some familiar faces came through for the Blues, with Brian Elliott making some big saves and enjoying the occasional break …
… While the likes of Troy Brouwer kept hot streaks going:
No doubt about it, the Stars’ goaltending will be remembered as one of the main stories of this series.
With that, the Blues move on to the Western Conference Final where they’ll face the winner of tomorrow’s Game 7 between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks.
Meanwhile, the Stars see their often-promising 2015-16 season end with an enormous thud; they’ll face plenty of soul-searching questions about defending their own end of the ice (from the net on out).
Hey, at least the Stars avoided being on this specific list regarding Game 7 futility:
The Blues will enjoy home-ice advantage in the third round regardless of their opponent.