The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970 with a comfortable 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.
Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn both scored on the power play, David Perron, Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev also scored, Ryan O’Reilly had three assists, and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for the Blues.
Tarasenko is just the second Blues player to have at least one point in each game of a conference final/NHL semifinal. Gary Sabourin had five points (4g, 1a) in four games in the 1969 NHL Semifinals.
Alex Pietrangelo‘s assist on Schenn‘s goal gave him his 13th point of the playoffs, breaking a tie with Joe Micheletti (1981), Jeff Brown (1990,1991) and Al MacInnis (1999) for most by a St. Louis defenseman in a single post season.
Dylan Gambrell scored, and Martin Jones made 14 saves for the Sharks, who were without three key players; defenseman Erik Karlsson and forwards Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski, due to injury.
Gambrell‘s the second Sharks player to score his first NHL goal in the playoffs, joining Marcel Goc (May 4, 2004).
The hosts, who won the last three games of the series, will play the Boston Bruins, in the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins swept St. Louis in the 1970 Final
Game 1 will be at TD Garden on Monday (8pm – NBC).
Blues v Bruins – Monday, May 27 (8pm – NBC)
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