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The Dallas Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues, 3-2, on Monday night in Game 6 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis to avoid elimination and force Game 7. Dallas would open the game with consecutive goals to jump out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. Forward Mattias Janmark (1-0=1) and forward Vernon Fiddler (1-0=1) registered the opening two goals of the contest, scoring 20 seconds apart to give Dallas an early 2-0 lead. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the goals were the fastest two goals by the Stars in the postseason since Game 1 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final at New Jersey, when Jon Sim and Kirk Muller established the franchise record with two goals in 12 seconds. Later in the first period, forward Jason Spezza notched the game-winning goal on the power play (1-0=1). Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 35-of-37 shots in the game, improving his record to 6-2 in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Stars were perfect on special teams in Monday's game, converting the lone power play opportunity (1-of-1) and killing off both Blues' man advantages (2-for-2).


SEVENTH HEAVEN

The Stars and Blues meet in a winner-take-all contest on Wednesday night, marking the 11th time in franchise history that the Stars have participated in a Game 7. The Stars franchise is 5-6 all-time, with records of 3-2 on home ice and 2-4 on the road. Since moving to Dallas, the team is 2-2 in Game 7's, posting a 2-1 mark at home and going 0-1 on the road. Wednesday's contest is the third time that the Stars and Blues have squared off in a Game 7 matchup in the franchises' histories, with all three games going to overtime. Dallas is 1-2 in Game 7s against the Blues, with a 1-1 mark on home ice. The Stars have never played a Game 7 at American Airlines Center, with the previous three games in Dallas occurring at Reunion Arena. The last time the Stars played in a Game 7 was on April 23, 2007 in the 2007 Western Conference Quarterfinals at Vancouver, as the team dropped a 4-1 decision to the Canucks. The Stars' last Game 7 at home came on May 27, 2000 in the Western Conference Final against Colorado, with Dallas posting a 3-2 win to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN

Stars captain Jamie Benn registered an assist (0-1=1) against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 and leads the NHL in postseason scoring with 15 points (5-10=15) along with ranking second in assists (10) and tied for sixth in goals (5). Benn has points in nine of his 12 games during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and recorded a career-long six-game postseason point streak (4-6=10) from April 14 - 24, which is tied for the second-longest point streak in the NHL this postseason. The captain's six-game postseason point streak was the longest by a Dallas Stars player since 2008, when Brenden Morrow also registered points in six consecutive playoff games (4-2=6) from May 2 - May 14, 2008. The native of Victoria, B.C. now has points in 14 of 18 career playoff contests, tallying 20 career points (9-11=20) in the postseason.

JAMIE BENN NAMED FINALIST FOR HART MEMORIAL TROPHY AND TED LINDSAY AWARD

The National Hockey League announced yesterday the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team, naming Stars captain Jamie Benn. Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) were also named finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) in all NHL cities at the end of the regular season. On Friday, Benn was selected as a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) and Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) were also named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.

SPEZZ IS MORE

Forward Jason Spezza registered the game-winning power play goal (1-0=1) in Game 6 on Monday night and now has a four-game postseason point streak (1-3=4). Spezza currently shares fourth among all skaters in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 13 points (5-8=13) and is tied for fourth in the NHL with eight assists. The forward has skated in all 12 games during the 2016 postseason and has registered three multi-point contests including a four-point game (1-3=4) in the series-clinching Game 6 victory in the First Round against Minnesota. Spezza's four-point outing is tied for the most points in a single game during the 2016 postseason (others: P. Hornqvist - NSH, T. Johnson - TBL, E. Malkin - PIT) and is tied for the most points ever recorded by a Dallas Stars player in a Stanley Cup Playoff game (other: Brad Richards, 1-3=4, Game 2 of the 2008 Western Conference Semifinals at San Jose). The forward also tied his career-high in postseason points in a single game, matching his four-point outing (0-4=4) as a member of the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Tampa Bay. Over the course of his NHL career, Spezza has recorded 65 points (22-43=65) in 68 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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