Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen are two major reasons why the Dallas Stars are in the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and tied with the St. Louis Blues 1-1 in the best-of-7 series.
Hintz, a rookie forward, scored twice and assisted on Heiskanen's goal to help the Stars defeat the Blues 4-2 in Game 2 at Enterprise Center on Saturday. Hintz leads all rookies with seven postseason points in eight games and his four goals are tied with Niko Kapanen (2003) for most by a Dallas rookie since the franchise relocated from Minnesota in 1993.
Heiskanen became the second Stars/Minnesota North Stars rookie defenseman to score multiple goals in the playoffs, joining Curt Giles (six points, two goals, four assists) in 1980. The 19-year-old native of Espoo, Finland, has scored 14 goals in 2018-19 (regular season and playoffs combined), the second-highest total by a Stars/North Stars rookie defenseman behind Brad Maxwell's 18 in 1977-78. Two NHL defenseman have scored more than 14 combined goals before their 20th birthday: Phil Housley (19 years, 46 days) scored 22 for the Buffalo Sabres in 1982-83 and Ray Bourque (19 years, 116 days) had 19 with the Boston Bruins in 1979-80.
Rookies have combined to score six of the Stars' 24 goals in the 2019 playoffs (25 percent), their highest total in 36 years.
Duchene delivers for Blue Jackets
Matt Duchene's power-play goal at 3:42 of the second overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Bruins at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. The Blue Jackets rallied from down 1-0 and 2-1 to even the best-of-7 series 1-1. It was the second time they've come back to win a postseason game after trailing twice multiple times, also doing it against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the 2018 first round.
Duchene, acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators prior to the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, scored his first postseason overtime goal and is the second Blue Jackets player to score the winner in a game that needed multiple overtimes. He joins Matt Calvert, whose goal in the second overtime gave Columbus a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the 2014 first round.
Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm2: Duchene wins it in 2OT on power play
Artemi Panarin had three points (two goals, one assist) to extend his playoff point streak to six games (nine points, four goals, five assists) and pass the previous Blue Jackets record of five games by Boone Jenner in 2014 (five points; three goals, two assists).
Hurricanes, Sharks eye 2-0 series leads
The Carolina Hurricanes will try to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 second round when they play Game 2 against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). A victory would put them ahead 2-0 in a playoff series for the second time in Hartford Whalers/ Carolina Hurricanes history. The Whalers led the Quebec Nordiques 2-0 in the 1986 Division Semifinals en route to sweeping the best-of-5 series.
The San Jose Sharks look to extend their postseason winning streak to five games with a Game 2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). Their run started with a Game 5 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round on their way to rallying from down 3-1 to win the best-of-7 series.