ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues are marching into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in decades.
Pretty sweet moment for Vladimir Tarasenko and Co.
David Perron had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win and the Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks with a 5-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference final Tuesday night.
Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Tyler Bozak also scored for St. Louis, which will face the Boston Bruins for the championship. Ivan Barbashev got an empty-netter with 2:15 left and Binnington stopped 25 shots.
“We always believed we could do this,” said Tarasenko. “But it’s still an unbelievable feeling.”
St. Louis won three consecutive games to advance to the franchise’s first Cup Final since 1970. That series also pitted the Blues against the Bruins.
Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” blared over the speakers at the Blues’ home arena after the latest victory on an improbable run from last in the NHL Jan. 3 to one of the last two teams standing.