Vernon Fiddler. (Photo by Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Dallas Stars took the St. Louis crowd out of Game 6 early and forced stalwart Blues goaltender Brian Elliott out of the game with a barrage of goals.
Well, that didn't quite go as planned for the St. Louis Blues. The stage was set for a Game 6 triumph against the Dallas Stars. The Blues were at home, up 3-2 in the series and on the brink of advancing to their first Western Conference final since 2001.
But Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, who had a .932 save percentage in the 2016 post-season before Monday, was not himself. He fought the puck early and simply couldn't make a save.
Left winger Mattias Janmark struck with a seemingly harmless wrist shot 4:53 into the first period:
And veteran pivot Vernon Fiddler struck just 20 seconds after that:
Roughly 11 minutes later, Jason Spezza added a power play goal. That meant three goals on seven shots against for Elliott, enough to get him pulled from a game for the first time all post-season. In came goaltender Jake Allen, who hadn't seen any action since April 3. Allen started all St. Louis' games in the 2015 post-season.