Blues rout Stars to seal final spot


A dominant St Louis Blues crushed the Dallas Stars 6-1 on Wednesday to seal their place in the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference final. 

The Blues set up their win with a three-goal first period before scoring two in the second and rounding out the resounding victory in the third. 

They will now wait for the result of Thursday's clash between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators to see who they face in the next round of the play-offs.

The Blues were ahead just five minutes, 23 seconds into the first period thanks to Robby Fabbri before the 20-year-old turned provider. 

Fabbri helped set up Paul Stastny to double the Blues' advantage and they provided the Stars with a sucker punch after Patrik Berglund found the net with four seconds left in the first period. 

The Blues continued their dominating form in the second period, silencing the home crowd at the American Airlines Center by adding another two goals. 

Berglund assisted David Backes at 3:50 of the second period before Troy Brouwer added a fifth to all but close off the deciding game in the best-of-seven series.

Patrick Eaves put the Stars on the board at 5:15 of the third period but Vladimir Tarasenko struck 10 minutes later to restore the Blues' five-goal advantage. 

The win saw St Louis move into their first conference final since 2001, where they suffered a 4-1 series defeat against eventual champions the Colorado Avalanche.