The St. Louis Blues were in last place in the 31-team NHL on Jan. 2. Today, they are four wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 49 years.
The Blues showed in their rousing 2-1 double-overtime win in Game 7 against the Dallas Stars that this may be the best chance the franchise has ever had to win a Stanley Cup.
To earn their place in the Western Conference final against either the San Jose Sharks or Colorado Avalanche, the Blues had to overcome a 52-save performance by Dallas goalie Ben Bishop.
Gritty role player Patrick Maroon, a St. Louis native, scored the winner at 5:50 of double-overtime. This could have been the most entertaining game of the playoffs. Tension. Drama. Memorable plays and saves. Good TV.
“It doesn’t get better than that – a Game 7 double-overtime goal in your hometown,” said Robert Thomas, who assisted on the game-winner.
Bishop was so spectacular he could have beat almost anyone on this night. But he couldn’t beat a Blues team that controlled the puck for most of the game.
In the second and…