St Louis Blues Defeat Dallas Stars 4-3; Series Tied 1-1
The St. Louis Blues evened the series with the Dallas Stars with a 4-3 overtime win Sunday afternoon. After a dramatic 7-game series win over the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues went into Dallas and put forth a valiant effort, but fell 2-1.
Game 2 provided an opportunity to get off to a much faster start than game 1. After surrendering the first goal just minutes into the game, the Blues scored on their first two shots on goal.
Although they play very different styles, this game was wide open from the start with 4 goals being scored in the first. After a 3-1 first period in favor of the Blues, the Stars scored once in the second period to close to 3-2. The third period provided the opportunity for Dallas to throw everything at the Blues in an attempt to tie the game.
Deviating from the game plan, St. Louis fell back into a bit of a prevent defense in order to try and hold the lead. Just as it often does in football, the prevent defense failed and the Stars were able to tie the game with just over 3 minutes remaining. Dallas’ Captain, Jamie Benn, was able to secure a rebound and bury the puck into the back of the net over Brian Elliot, who was sprawled out on his stomach to make the initial save.
Headed to Overtime
Dallas entered overtime with the momentum after fighting their way back, but an unwise interference penalty taken by winger Antoine Roussel put the Stars shorthanded. This was Roussel’s third penalty of the game, one he would like to forget. On the ensuing power play, the Blues were able to get the puck to the net and Blues’ Captain, David Backes, fired home the game winner off a rebound. The perfect ending for the captain, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday.
The series now shifts back to the arches of St. Louis, where Game 3 will take place on Tuesday, May 3. It remains to be seen who will start in goal for Dallas after starter Kari Lehtonen was pulled to start the second period, after he surrendered 3 goals on 5 shots in the first. Backup goalie, Antti Niemi, came in and held St. Louis scoreless until the game winner in overtime.
(St Louis Blues Defeat Dallas Stars)