Dallas Stars

Stars let home-ice advantage slip away (again) as Blues take 2-1 series lead

The Dallas Stars didn’t need to hold their home-ice advantage in the first round.

And so it will be in the second round.

The St. Louis Blues took a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series with a 4-3 win over the Stars on Monday night at American Airlines Center.

Game 4 is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the AAC.

Pat Maroon scored with 1:38 remaining to lift the Blues over the Stars after a wild third period that included four goals and multiple ties in a five-minute stretch.

Down a goal, Dallas went without a goalie but St. Louis held on despite having a power play the final 43 seconds of the game. The Blues improved to 4-0 on the road in the playoffs.

“They’re playing their hearts out, too,” Stars defenseman John Klingberg said. “I think we showed some character coming back in the game two or three times. There are going to be ups and downs through this whole series.”

With just under 7:00 remaining, the Stars tied it at 2-2 despite being shorthanded on a Blues power play. Andrew Cogliano found a rebound in the crease after a shot by Mattias Janmark for the score. St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo, however, scored a minute later, seconds after the power play expired, to put the Blues back on top 3-2.

But the Stars were still coming. Tyler Seguin tied it again with a goal on an assist from Miro Heiskanen with 4:08 remaining.

“I thought overall they were the better team,” Cogliano said. “It was close at the end, we kept tying it, but the team that plays better most of the night usually wins.”

The Blues took a 1-0 lead 1:27 into the game as Jaden Schwartz scored off a deflection. The Stars tied it with a power play goal from Alexander Radulov with just under 3:00 left in the opening period.

“Their second guy was on top of pucks quicker than our guy,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.

Shots on goal were about even in the first with Dallas having an 11-10 edge. The Blues finished the game with a 34-31 edge.

In the second period, Tyler Bozak pushed in a loose puck after Ben Bishop made a stop on Robert Thomas’ shot to reclaim a 2-1 lead for St. Louis.

The Stars split their opening round series on the road in Nashville but lost Game 3 at home. They rallied to win the next three to advance in six games.

“We need to come out and be better, we need to dig a little deeper,” Stars defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “I thought we got outworked a little bit. We weren’t good enough. They were the more desperate team.”

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.