The unpredictability, intensity and excitement of a Game 7 will play out for the fourth time in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the St. Louis Blues play host to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, May 7, at Enterprise Center (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS). The Central Division rivals are vying for a berth in the Western Conference Final.
Two of the three Game 7s in the First Round were decided in overtime. The San Jose Sharks eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights in the first extra period, becoming the second team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win a Game 7, while the Carolina Hurricanes overcame a two-goal deficit on the road in dethroning the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals in double-overtime. The other winner-take-all contest saw the Boston Bruins record their second Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in as many years.
The Blues and Stars will be meeting in a Game 7 for the fifth time in their 12 best-of-seven playoff meetings, with three of their four Game 7s won in overtime. The Blues own a 3-1 edge, earning wins in the 1968 Semifinals (2-1, 2OT), 1972 Quarterfinals (2-1, OT) and 2016 Second Round (6-1); the Stars’ victory occurred in the 1984 Division Finals (4-3, OT).
The most recent Game 7 appearance for both came in their Second Round clash in 2016. St. Louis earned a 6-1 road win over Dallas, powered by 1-2—3 from then 20-year-old Robby Fabbri, who became the youngest player in NHL history to register three points in a Game 7.
Nine Blues players who have appeared in at least one contest during the 2019 Second Round played in St. Louis’ last Game 7 (Jay Bouwmeester, Carl Gunnarsson, Joel Edmundson, Fabbri, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko). Five members of the Stars’ current roster skated against the Blues in the decisive contest of their 2016 Second Round series (Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, Mattias Janmark, John Klingberg and Jason Spezza).
Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has recorded a pair of shutouts in his two career Game 7 appearances, both coming with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015. Bishop, who turned aside all 53 shots in wins over the Detroit Red Wings in the First Round (31 saves) and New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final (22 saves), became the first goaltender in NHL history to post shutouts in each of his first two career Game 7 appearances. He also joined Patrick Roy (2002, Colorado) and Tim Thomas (2011, Boston) as just the third goaltender in NHL history to record two Game 7 shutouts in one playoff year.
Overall, the Blues own an all-time record of 8-8 in their 16 previous Game 7s, including a 4-2 mark on home ice. The Stars are 5-7 in their 12 all-time Game 7s, including a 2-4 clip as the visiting team.
Game 7 Trends
Of the 175 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
* The team that scores first is 129-46 (.737) (1-2 in 2019)
* Home teams own a 102-73 record (.583) (2-1 in 2019)
* Forty-three have required overtime (24.6%). Home teams have a 22-21 edge (1-1 in 2019).
NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with a Game 6 doubleheader on NBCSN beginning at 7 p.m. ET, as Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins look to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2013 with a win against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Coverage on NBCSN shifts west at 10 p.m. ET, as Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks attempt to advance to the Western Conference Final with a Game 6 victory against Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche. Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live.
NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide live streaming coverage of all remaining Stanley Cup Playoff games.
BOSTON BRUINS AT COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – GAME 6 AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – BRUINS LEAD 3-2
The Bruins pushed the Blue Jackets to the brink of elimination with a 4-3 win in Game 5 on Saturday night in Boston. David Pastrnak scored the go-ahead goal with 1:28 remaining in the third period off a feed from Brad Marchand, who had a goal and two assists in the victory. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 33 saves against the Blue Jackets in the win.
Saturday’s Columbus-Boston Game 5 on NBC, which directly followed the 145th Kentucky Derby, delivered a 3.22 overnight rating, the second-highest overnight for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on record (since 1994) excluding Stanley Cup Final games. Blue Jackets-Bruins Game 5 trails only a 3.27 overnight rating for Chicago-Anaheim in 2015, which was a Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, among non-Stanley Cup Final games. Saturday night’s game was up 12% vs. last year’s Pittsburgh-Washington Game 5 (2.87), which also led out of the Kentucky Derby.
SAN JOSE SHARKS AT COLORADO AVALANCHE TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – SHARKS LEAD 3-2
San Jose took a 3-2 series lead with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 on Saturday night in San Jose. Tomas Hertl scored both Sharks goals to bring San Jose within one win of its first Western Conference Final berth since 2016. Logan Couture had the primary assist on Hertl’s first goal of the game, and leads the Sharks in points with 13. Colorado looks to keep its Stanley Cup hopes alive tonight in
Game 6 on home ice.