Dallas Stars

Stars GameDay: Dallas reaches Game 5 against Blues on even footing

Defenseman Jason Demers celebrates after the Stars’ 3-2 overtime victory in St. Louis on Thursday night. Game 5 against the Blues is at noon Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The game will air on KXAS/5.
Defenseman Jason Demers celebrates after the Stars’ 3-2 overtime victory in St. Louis on Thursday night. Game 5 against the Blues is at noon Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The game will air on KXAS/5. AP

Stars at Blues

Noon Saturday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: KXAS/5 Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM

Series: Best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series tied 2-2

About the Stars: Cody Eakin’s game-winning goal 2:58 into overtime is the difference between the Stars returning from St. Louis with the series tied 2-2 instead of trailing 3-1. … The Stars won their first playoff overtime game since Brenden Morrow scored in the fourth overtime against San Jose on May 5, 2008. The victory was also the Stars’ first in St. Louis this season. … Dallas snapped an 0-for-12 drought on the power play with Patrick Sharp’s second-period goal Thursday. … The Stars will likely go back to Kari Lehtonen in goal after he stopped 24 of 26 shots Thursday and improved to 5-1 in the playoffs. … Stars center Tyler Seguin skated for a fifth consecutive day Friday but is unlikely to play in Game 5. … Right wing Patrick Eaves, who hasn’t played since Game 1 when he sustained a lower-body injury after being hit by teammate Stephen Johns’ shot, skated again Friday but remains questionable, according to the team’s website. ... Jamie Benn leads all playoff scorers with 14 points (five goals, nine assists).

About the Blues: After giving up the first goal in each of the first three games of the series, the Blues broke on top Thursday and led 1-0 after the first period, only to watch the Stars take a 2-1 lead 5:14 into the second period. … The Blues have scored on 5-of-17 power plays against Dallas. … Coach Ken Hitchcock told his team’s website that the Blues could make some changes to the lineup before Game 5, but he did not elaborate. One player who could be affected is rookie defenseman Joel Edmundson, whose turnover early in the second period led directly to the goal by Radek Faksa that tied the score 1-1. … Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo leads the playoffs with an average ice time of 30:11. ... Right wing Vladimir Tarasenko has six goals this postseason, tied for second in the NHL.

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