Blues advance to Western finals with 6-1 win over Stars

A St. Louis Blues fan holds up a sign among Dallas Stars fans during the first period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Robby Fabbri, Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer each scored a goal and had two assists, and the St. Louis Blues dominated the Dallas Stars to advance to their first Western Conference finals since 2001 with a 6-1 victory in Game 7 of their series Wednesday night.

The Blues, in the playoffs for the 40th time and still in search of their first Stanley Cup, will have home-ice advantage in the Western Conference finals against Nashville or San Jose – and for the Stanley Cup as well if they advance. The Predators and Sharks play the deciding Game 7 on Thursday night.

David Backes, their captain, and Patrik Berglund also had goals for the Blues, who won their third road game in this series. Vladimir Tarasenko added an empty-netter with 4:40 left.

Patrick Eaves had the lone goal for Dallas.