Game 2: BLUES at STARS
Western Conference Second Round
Dallas leads best-of-7 series 1-0
TV: 3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports
The Dallas Stars are looking for a repeat performance against the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 on Sunday and will try to take a 2-0 lead before the Stanley Cup Playoff series shifts to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4.
The Stars outhit the Blues 32-26 and shut down St. Louis leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko along with his "STL Line" teammates Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera in a 2-1 win in Game 1 at American Airlines Center on Friday.
"Well, obviously he's the one guy that we got a radar on, that we know when he's out there, we want to make sure we don't give him much ice, and I thought for the most part we didn't make any mistakes that allowed any big rush plays when he was out there," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of Tarasenko. "We closed fast on him inside the zone. We went after him physically and he's a tough guy to knock off his feet, but I thought we played him as hard as we could when he came to the physical front."
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Tarasenko, whose ice time against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round was limited, led Blues forwards in Game 1 with 21:04. He said he needs to be better in Game 2.
"I just need to take a look at my shifts and make adjustments," Tarasenko said. "All teams play kind of the same, all teams are physical. Everybody try to hit you as much as they can. You know, you need to a player that nobody can break. It's a good challenge and it's a fun part of the year."
Blues team scope: St. Louis could insert forward Ryan Reaves into the lineup. Reaves hasn't played since Game 2 against the Blackhawks. Left wing Scottie Upshall was the lone skater not to take part in practice Saturday. Hitchcock said Upshall took a maintenance day and "he'll continue to be maintenance right throughout this series." Reaves was playing fourth-line right wing in place of Steve Ott, who was part of the extra forwards at practice. "All available assets are at our disposal," Hitchcock said. "Let me put it this way: We do not have an injury that would prevent me from making a decision."
Stars team scope: Dallas will be without right wing Patrick Eaves, who coach Lindy Ruff said is day-to-day with a foot injury. Eaves was hit by a point shot from teammate Stephen Johns in the third period of Game 1 and did not return. Eaves did not skate Saturday and was at the practice facility on crutches. Ruff said forward Valeri Nichushkin will play. "Yeah, nothing serious, just a real bad shot [Eaves] took to the leg and should be just day-to-day," Ruff said. "I know it always look serious, but it's all part of the recouping process. ... by the looks of things, I would say questionable unless it comes around, but it's awfully sore." Center Tyler Seguin (Achilles) is out for Game 2. The Stars recalled forwards Brett Ritchie and Curtis McKenzie from Texas of the American Hockey League.