Blues to start Brian Elliott in goal for Game 7 vs. Stars

Blues to start Brian Elliott in goal for Game 7 vs. Stars

They teach you at journalism school never to lead with a cliché. Once the play on the ice slipped through the Stars' fingers there was little that they could do to catch it before it hit the ground.

"It's just tough that we all let it up".

Then, as the Dallas Stars confirmed on Wednesday night in Texas, it's 100 per cent.

The Dallas Stars got one back early in the third period. Their last Conference Final before '01 came in 1986, another 15-year span. Weird. Lehtonen posted a mediocre 2.76 goals-against-average and.

As physical as the Blues are, a game without a lot of penalties would favor the Stars. Patrick Berglund had a goal with 4 seconds left in the 1st period. "It hardens you, makes you better", he said of Lehtonen's checkered past.

Hitchcock has to hope his team displays more excitement and energy than it did during a dismal first period at home Monday night in Game 6. It was a mistake the veteran boss would rue. "I think there's maybe a 0.5 percent of guys who aren't nervous, and they're in the Hall of Fame", Demers said.

"If you happen to pull the plug, you pull the plug just to try to change the direction", Ruff said. "It's probably on me".

That was the theme from the Dallas room.

"We're in it either way. win or lose, we're in it", Childs said.

"We only listen to the best!" "Once we got through the shock we really played".

The Stars will likely stick with Kari Lehtonen over Antti Niemi after the former stopped 35 of 37 shots to preserve Dallas' season last time out. Meanwhile, the Blues were talking up their goalie as well - for all the right reasons.

After giving up three goals on seven shots in Monday's Game 6, Jake Allen came in to relieve Elliott stopping the seven shots the Stars threw at him. "In the playoffs, goalies have to win you games sometimes". David BACKES had the 1st goal in the 2nd at the 3:50 mark.

"He was phenomenal", said big winger Troy Brouwer. "We knew they were going to take more risks".

The Stars entered the postseason with the worst regular-season save percentage of any team in the playoffs. The Stars need to find a way to do that one more time. Center Robby Fabbri made history, becoming the youngest (20) player in National Hockey League history to score three points in a Game 7 (one goal, two assists). They could not be contained.

"Nice short plays, and we buried our opportunities", Brouwer said.

Fans of the St. Louis Blues can breathe a sigh of relief as the news comes down from Dallas that Brian Elliott will be between the pipes for Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal. We had nine scoring chances in the second period, but five of them missed the net...

No offence to San Jose or Nashville, but neither will be favoured to beat St. Louis.

The coach knew his team needed a quick start, taking the home crowd out of the game, and he also knew Kari Lehtonen needed to have a good game in goal.

Finding a trade partner for one of their goalies might not be easy, but any team looking to add a goaltender will have a hard time finding one in free agency. Did he have one he wanted to take back?

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