Blues Sink Stars
Roman Turek made 32 saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 to complete a sweep in the Western Conference semifinal series.
"It's unbelievable we won 4-nothing," Turek said. "If somebody told me this before we started playing the first game, I wouldn't believe them. The most important thing that happened is we won both games in Dallas and that was unbelievable confidence for us."
Turek played superbly throughout the series against his former team and finally proved himself a playoff goalie.
"Roman was by far the most valuable player of this series," teammate Scott Young said. "We're getting the best goaltending there is."
The Blues advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1986 and will face Colorado or Los Angeles.
Dallas won the Stanley Cup finals in 1999 and was the runner-up last year.
"We've had a wonderful run, but it's over," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We have to look at ways to retool to get back to the top."
After a scoreless first period, Alex Khavanov and Keith Tkachuk scored in the second period. Chris Pronger gave the Blues a 3-1 lead in the third and Young finished scoring with an empty-netter.