BLUES SWEEP TRIP TO CHICAGO, PUSH DEFENDING CHAMPS TO BRINK . . .
The St. Louis Blues overcame a 2-1 deficit for the second straight game - powered by two goals and an assist from Vladimir Tarasenko - to pick up their second straight win at United Center and push the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to the brink of elimination.
* The Blues earned consecutive postseason victories at United Center for the first time since Games 3 and 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Quarterfinals. Only one team has earned back-to-back playoff wins in Chicago since (34 GP): the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 CQF.
* Via Elias, the Blues overcame a deficit to win in consecutive playoff road games for the second time in their history. They also achieved the feat in the 1969 Semifinals, when they rallied to win Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles to advance to their second straight Stanley Cup Final.
* Tarasenko, who matched a career high for points in a postseason game (also Game 2 of 2015 FR vs. MIN: 3-0-3), has scored 13 goals in 17 career playoff games (13-3-16). He has at least one point in eight of his past 10 games against Chicago since Feb. 8, 2015 (9-4-13).
Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 3, DETROIT 2 - TBL leads 3-1
Pittsburgh 3, NY RANGERS 1 - PIT leads 2-1
St. Louis 4, CHICAGO 3 - STL leads 3-1
Anaheim 3, NASHVILLE 0 - NSH leads 2-1
. . . LIGHTNING ALSO MOVE WITHIN ONE WIN OF SECOND ROUND
The Tampa Bay Lightning had their 2-0 lead erased late in the second period, but Ondrej Palat (1-0-1) scored the go-ahead goal with 2:59 remaining in the third to help the defending Eastern Conference champions move within one victory of the Eastern Conference Second Round.
* Nikita Kucherov (2-1-3) and Jonathan Drouin (0-3-3) each factored on all three goals. Kucherov established a team record with his fifth career three-point playoff game (32 GP), while Drouin set career highs for assists/points in a game (regular-season and playoffs).
* Kucherov leads the NHL with five goals in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-3-8), one shy of tying the Lightning record for most in a single series, a feat he was the last to achieve (2015 SR vs. MTL).
Video: TBL@DET, Gm4: Palat deflects go-ahead PPG past Mrazek
Via Elias, teams that hold a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series own an all-time series record of 255-28 (90.1%). The Blues own an all-time series record of 7-1 in that scenario, while the Lightning are 2-0.
PENGUINS MAKE POSTSEASON HISTORY WITH GAME 3 VICTORY
In his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, Matt Murray made 16 saves in his postseason debut to help the Penguins win Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series agains the New York Rangers.
* Murray started the final five games of the regular-season - going 4-0-0 - with No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury sidelined, but sustained an injury himself in the regular-season finale at the Philadelphia Flyers. Jeff Zatkoff started the first two games of the series, winning his playoff debut in Game 1.
* Via Elias, the Penguins became the first team in NHL history to have multiple goaltenders win their playoff debuts in the same series.
* The last team to have multiple goaltenders make their postseason debut in the same series was the Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. BOS (Michael Leighton and Johan Backlund).
DID YOU KNOW?
New York's Antti Raanta also made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in Game 1 of the Penguins-Rangers series. Via Elias, the last time three goaltenders made their playoff debuts in the same series was in the 1994 Conference Quarterfinals between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings (SJ - Arturs Irbe and Jimmy Waite, DET - Chris Osgood).
ANDERSEN FLAWLESS IN DUCKS' FIRST WIN
Frederik Andersen denied all 27 shots he faced in his return to the crease to help the Anaheim Ducks cut their series deficit to 2-1 against the Nashville Predators.
* Andersen earned his second career playoff shutout (also Game 2 of 2015 SR vs. CGY: 30 SV). He recorded three shutouts during the 2015-16 regular season, all in his final 22 appearances when he went 17-1-2 (2.11 GAA, .924 SV%, 3 SO).
* Jamie McGinn, who was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 29, scored his first career playoff game-winning goal (32 GP).
Video: ANA@NSH, Gm3: Andersen denies Fisher on the doorstep
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Kris Letang scored his 16th career playoff goal (all w/ PIT) to move past Larry Murphy (15) into sole possession of first place in Penguins history among defensemen.
* Predators captain Shea Weber played in his 48th career playoff game to move past David Legwand (47) for the most in team history.
After a playoff career-high 44-save performance in Game 3, Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made 39 saves to earn the victory in Game 4 . . . The NHL announced the start times for Game 5 of the Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 22, if necessary) and the Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks series (10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 22) . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for one game for an illegal check from behind to Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov . . . NHL LiveWire: Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle and Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski were each mic'd during Game 3 of their series. Kings captain Dustin Brown was also mic'd during his club's overtime victory.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ Philadelphia, WSH leads 3-0, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, CSN-PH, CSN-DC
Florida @ NY Islanders, NYI leads 2-1, 8:00 p.m., USA, SN, TVAS2, MSG+, FS-F
Dallas @ Minnesota, DAL leads 2-1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN360, TVAS3, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW
Los Angeles @ San Jose, SJS leads 2-1, 10:30 p.m., USA, CBC, TVAS, CSN-CA, FS-W