Blues cruise; Penguins picked off

The St Louis Blues are just one victory away from the Western Conference final after they defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Saturday night.

Robby Fabbri, Paul Stastny, Dmitrij Jaskin and Troy Brouwer were on target at American Airlines Center as the Blues took a 3-2 lead in the seven-match series.

Alex Goligoski levelled the scores at American Airlines Center – but Dallas now need to win the remaining two games, the first of which is in St Louis on Monday.

Washington kept their campaign alive with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference first round contest at Verizon Center.

Alex Ovechkin, TJ Oshie and Justin Williams scored for the Capitals, who ended a run of three successive defeats to reduce the series deficit to 3-2.

Chris Kunitz replied for Pittsburgh, who have a second chance to progress on Tuesday – when they have home advantage.