2nd-seeded ’80-’81 Blues Clinch First UNP Berth After Defeating 8th-seeded ’14-’15 Blues in Seven Games

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Wayne Babych supplies the offense as the ’80-’81 Blues head to their first Ultimate NHL Playoff. (via B Bennett/Getty Images)

Here is the 2016 St. Louis Blues Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

The Blues franchise now has had its third representative in three years as the 2nd-seeded ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues are their newest rep. Wayne Babych began his stellar series with a two-goal performance in a 5-3 win in Game 1. Meanwhile, defenseman Rick Lapointe registered three assists from the blueline. The 8th-seeded ’14-’15 St. Louis Blues notted the series up with a 3-2 win in Game 2. David Backes scored the lone goal in the third period to seal the win. Then, two unanswered goals in a span of two and a half minutes in the third period led the ’80-’81 Blues to a 3-2 win in Game 3. Brian Sutter accounted for two of the three goals in the win. The ’80-’81 Blues then opened up a 3-1 series lead with a 7-4 win in Game 4 as Babych scored a goal and added three assists while his linemate Jorgen Pettersson scored four times.

With their backs up against the wall down 3-1, the ’14-’15 Blues took Game’s 5 and 6, both by one goal. It was a balanced effort in their 5-4 Game 5 win as only Jori Lehtera and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk posted more than one point. Shattenkirk then scored the eventual game-winner in their 2-1 win in Game 6 to force a Game 7. The ’80-’81 Blues blew the doors off the ’14-’15 Blues in the second period of Game 7 with six unanswered goals, including two from Babych. They led 7-1 after two periods, but the ’14-’15 Blues scored three times in the first nine and a half minutes of the third to make it a 7-4 game. However, they would only be able to add one more in the final minute to make it a 7-5 final. Babych finished with four points as he added two assists to his two goals while six of his teammates also posted multi-point games. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Blues 1 1 1 3
’80-’81 Blues 0 3 2 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’80-’81 STL – 5   ’14-’15 STL – 3   (1-0   ’80-’81 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Rick Lapointe (’80-’81 STL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +4   1 S

2nd Star: RW – Wayne Babych (’80-’81 STL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   8 S

3rd Star: C – Blake Dunlop (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Blues 1 1 1 3
’80-’81 Blues 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 STL – 3   ’80-’81 STL – 2   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Brian Elliott (’14-’15 STL) – W   2.00   .964 SV%   (53 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Alex Pietrangelo (’14-’15 STL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: LW – Jaden Schwartz (’14-’15 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Blues 1 0 2 3
’14-’15  Blues 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’80-’81 STL – 3   ’14-’15 STL – 2   (2-1   ’80’81 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Brian Sutter (’80-’81 STL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   9 S

2nd Star: G – Mike Liut (’80-’81 STL) – W   2.00 GAA   .949 SV% (37 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Rick Lapointe (’80-’81 STL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   1 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Blues 4 2 1 7
’14-’15  Blues 1 0 3 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’80-’81 STL – 7   ’14-’15 STL – 4   (3-1   ’80’81 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Jorgen Pettersson (’80-’81 STL) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   +2   7 S

2nd Star: C – David Backes (’14-’15 STL) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Wayne Babych (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   3 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Blues 1 4 0 5
’80-’81 Blues 1 3 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 STL – 5   ’80-’81 STL – 4   (3-2   ’80-’81 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Kevin Shattenkirk (’14-’15 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: RW – Wayne Babych (’80-’81 STL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   7 S   12 PIM

3rd Star: C – Bernie Federko (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   1 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Blues 0 0 1 1
’14-’15  Blues 2 0 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 STL – 2   ’80-’81 STL – 1   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Brian Elliott (’14-’15 STL) – W   1.00 GAA   .964 SV% (27 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Mike Liut (’80-’81 STL) – L   2.00 GAA   .960 SV% (48 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Blake Dunlop (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   4 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Blues 0 1 4 5
’80-’81 Blues 1 6 0 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ’80-’81 STL – 7   ’14-’15 STL – 5   (4-3   ’80-’81 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Wayne Babych (’80-’81 STL) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   9 S

2nd Star: C – Blake Dunlop (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   8 S

3rd Star: C – Paul Stastny (’14-’15 STL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   Even   2 S

Up next is the 2016 Carolina Hurricanes Qualifying Tournament!

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