Pat Maroon punched in a goal off a deflection almost six minutes into a second overtime to beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in Game 7 Tuesday night at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo.
The loss ends the Stars season. They were trying to reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2008.
St. Louis advances to play the winner between the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.
Maroon’s game-winning goal came after a shot on goal by Rob Thomas, which goalie Ben Bishop stopped but didn’t recover.
The game went into double overtime thanks largely because of Bishop’s magnificent game. He made 52 saves, the third-most in NHL Game 7 playoff history.
“I guess the first word that comes to mind is frustrated,” Bishop said. “It’s tough to lose your season in overtime.”
Dallas was 35 of 37 on the penalty kill in the playoffs, including 2 for 2 during regulation Tuesday night.
St. Louis dominated the puck in regulation, especially in the second and third periods. The Blues outshot the Stars 41-17 in regulation and 31-4 in the final two periods. For the game, St. Louis outshot Dallas 54-30.
St. Louis took a 1-0 lead with Vince Dunn’s goal 13:30 into the opening period. Mats Zuccarello tied it at 1-1 with an unassisted goal 2:25 later after the puck deflected off an official in front of the Blues’ net.
“What a game by Bish,” Tyler Seguin said. “He was incredible. I really wish we could have gotten him one.”