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SportsNHL playoffs 2019: Five facts to know as Blues snap 49-year Stanley Cup Final drought

11:51  22 may  2019
11:51  22 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Blues knock out Stars with double-OT win in Game 7

Blues knock out Stars with double-OT win in Game 7 ST. LOUIS—Pat Maroon put in a rebound of a shot by Robert Thomas 5:50 into the second overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win in Game 7 of their second-round series with Dallas and put them in the NHL Western Conference final. Thomas took a shot that Stars netminder Ben Bishop stopped, but Maroon, in front of the goal, jumped and shot the puck high and in. It was the 54th shot of the game for the Blues, and it was St. Louis-born Maroon beating Bishop, who played high school hockey in the city. The Blues will face San Jose or Colorado in the conference final starting later this week.

NHL playoffs 2019 : Five facts to know as Blues snap 49 - year Stanley Cup Final drought . — St. Louis last played in the Stanley Cup Final in 1970 and it has never won a title. The Blues reached the championship round every year from 1968-70, but have never won a game and were swept in all

Five facts to know as Blues snap 49 - year Stanley Cup Final drought . — St. Louis last played in the Stanley Cup Final in 1970 and it has never won a title. The Blues reached the championship round every year from 1968-70, but have never won a game and were swept in all three of those series.

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The Blues are finally heading back to the Stanley Cup Final.

St. Louis closed out the Sharks with a 5-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday at the Enterprise Center.

David Perron put the Blues ahead early in the first period and Vladimir Tarasenko made the score 2-0 about 15 minutes later.

Dylan Gambrell cut the Sharks deficit in half a little less than seven minutes into the second period. But, Brayden Schenn answered with a goal of his own to extend St. Louis’ lead to 3-1 and it pulled away from there.

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The 2019 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League 's ( NHL ) 2018–19 season and the culmination of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs .

The official 2019 NHL playoff matchup page of the San Jose Sharks vs the St. Louis Blues including news, stats, and video. NHL , the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup , the Stanley Cup Playoffs logo, the Stanley Cup Final logo, Center Ice name and logo, NHL Conference

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is set for Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

Here are five facts to know about the Blues snapping their 49-year Stanley Cup Final drought

— St. Louis last played in the Stanley Cup Final in 1970 and it has never won a title. The Blues reached the championship round every year from 1968-70, but have never won a game and were swept in all three of those series.

— The Blues played the Bruins the last time they reached the Stanley Cup Final. The team they'll face this time around? The Bruins. Boston swept the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals.

— It seemed unlikely St. Louis would even make the playoffs this season as the team was in last in all of the NHL on Jan. 2. However, the Blues turned it around and became just the 35th team in league history to reach the postseason after ranking last at any point after their 20th game, according to the Los Angeles Times.

— "Play Gloria" became the Blues rallying cry in early January as the team began to work its way back into contention. St. Louis fans will hope to hear it a few more times.

— St. Louis was on the ropes in the Western Conference finals as the Sharks held a 2-1 lead after the series' first three games. The Blues, however, won the next three matchups and outscored San Jose 12-2 during that time frame to advance.

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