The Blues and Stars are set for Game 7 in a second-round series again, three years after St. Louis dominated a winner-take-all matchup in Dallas for a spot in the Western Conference finals.
Deja vu or ancient history?
Maybe a little of both for Alex Pietrangelo and company, who won 6-1 after going up 3-0 in the first period in 2016 to clinch the only trip to the West finals for either franchise in the past decade.
“A lot of different players on these teams, different makeup, different coaches,” Pietrangelo said after a 4-1 win in Dallas that forced Tuesday night’s deciding game . “Some of this helps because we’ve been through a few of these before. We’ve got some guys that are ready, who have been through this.”
The biggest difference is the site: St. Louis, after the Blues recovered from having the NHL’s fewest points on Jan. 2 and are already the only team to win a playoff series after carrying that lowly distinction at the start of a calendar year. The Blues finished third in the Central Division, with the Stars six points behind in the first wild-card spot.
“Best out of one,” said forward Mats…