The St. Louis Blues have lost in the first round of the postseason for the last three consecutive years, falling 4-2 in their best-of-seven series to the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Minnesota Wild.
This year, though, they managed to pull through.
The Blues took home a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks in game seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Monday evening, taking the series and ensuring that the league would go yet another year without seeing repeat cup champions (something that hasn’t happened in the NHL since 1998). This was St. Louis’ first departure into the second round of the postseason since 2012, and could be their first big shot at the Stanley Cup since that point.
The Blues went up 3-1 in their series within the first four games played, taking home three one-goal wins and giving up one one-goal loss in the process. A double overtime loss in game five pushed the series farther than Blues fans likely hoped to see, though, and a resounding 6-3 loss in game six to the Blackhawks forced the St. Louis club to compete in a game seven.
The final game of the series, though, the Blues spent the entire game either in the lead or tied with Chicago, going up 2-0 early and then scoring the game-winning goal in the third period to guarantee their advancement to the next round.
Now that the Blues have guaranteed their ticket to the Western Conference Semifinals, they’ll wait until the final series in the first round (the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks) is concluded, then face the Dallas Stars in their next best-of-seven competition.