David Perron collected one goal and one assist, and Ryan O’Reilly posted three assists as the St. Louis Blues punched their ticket into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970 thanks to a 5-1 home-ice victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
The Blues won the best-of-seven Western Conference finals in six games, capturing each of the last three contests.
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St. Louis, which was last in the NHL standings before the games of Jan. 3, will face the Boston Bruins in the battle for the Stanley Cup beginning on May 27. Coincidentally, the Blues met the Bruins the last time they reached the Cup final, a series memorialized by Bobby Orr’s winning overtime goal after which he went flying through the air while celebrating.
The Blues got past a San Jose team that was forced to play the clinching clash without a trio of key players. Forwards Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl were on the receiving end of hard, high hits that forced them out of Game 5 early, while defenseman Erik Karlsson was sidelined due to an apparent groin injury.
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