Blues beat Stars, force Game 7 in West series

DALLAS — Forwards Jaden Schwartz and Sammy Blais scored in a 33-second span of the third period as St. Louis beat the Stars 4-1 on Sunday to force Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals series.

The loss prevented Dallas from clinching its first berth in the conference finals since 2008.

“We can’t change anything right now,” Dallas defenseman John Klingberg said. “We didn’t play good enough to win. It’s not like we’re focusing on that right now.”

Schwartz scored to make it 3-1 with 13:23 left when he redirected Alexander Steen’s shot. Steen had gathered the puck outside the right circle after Colton Parayko’s shot deflected off Dallas goalie Ben Bishop’s left shoulder, knocking him to the ice.

A trained tended to Bishop, who initially stayed in the game, but a switch was made soon after Blais fired a slap shot past the goalie.

Bishop, who came into the game with a .936 save percentage in the playoffs, stopped 16 of 20 shots. Anton Khodobin had five saves in the final 12 minutes.

Alex Pietrangelo scored 63 second into the game for St. Louis and David Perron also had a goal for the Blues, who will host the deciding game Tuesday.

“We’ve got to forget about this game. It’s over with and we’ve got to prepare for a tough Game 7. That’s the bottom line,” St. Louis head coach Craig Berube said. “Nothing’s a gimme. It doesn’t matter if they’ve had success or not there already. Game 7s are Game 7s, you know. You have to put it all on the line and be ready to go. And we will be. That’s it.”

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