Stars at Blues
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Scottrade Center, St. Louis
TV: NBCSN Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Series: tied 1-1
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About the Stars: With Dallas’ home ice advantage neutralized, the Stars will play the next two games in St. Louis, where they haven’t won this season. Goalie Kari Lehtonen played just one period in Sunday’s Game 2 overtime loss. Lehtonen allowed three goals on five shots before being replaced by Antti Niemi, who turned away St. Louis’s next 20 shots before David Backes scored on a power play 11 minutes into overtime. Cody Eakin had assists on all three Stars goals Sunday. Jamie Benn played 27 minutes and took five shots. Benn scored the equalizer in the third period to force overtime. Antoine Roussel was called for three penalties and the Blues scored power-play goals on two of them.
About the Blues: Sunday’s win was the first for St. Louis in a second-round playoff series since May 7, 2002. Backes’ overtime game-winner, off a rebound of an Alexander Steen shot, came on his 32nd birthday. It was the second overtime winner of this year’s playoffs for the Blues’ captain, who joined Pierre Turgeon (1999) in the St. Louis record book. The Blues’ two power-play goals on Sunday give them six on the road in the playoffs, most in the NHL.