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Round 2, Gm 1: Blues at Stars

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Speed of Stars catches up to Blues in Game 1

Dallas scores rebound goals to defeat St. Louis in second-round opener

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues have to figure out how to slow down the Dallas Stars in a hurry.

The Stars' speed was on display Friday at American Airlines Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round, and Radek Faksa was the beneficiary, scoring the tiebreaking goal with 4:44 remaining to defeat the Blues 2-1.

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Stars' Faksa shows he's 'one heck of a player'

Rookie forward has two winning goals in playoffs, including Game 1 against Blues

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- This wasn't a place that Radek Faksa thought he'd be. Not yet, at least.

The first half of last year was lost to a shoulder injury, just one of a handful of injuries that plagued the prospect in his early days with the Dallas Stars organization. So he didn't know what would happen to him. He didn't presume that he would be on the ice in Game 1 of the 2016 Western Conference Second Round, putting up an assist to help the Stars take the lead and a goal to give them the 2-1 win at American Airlines Center.

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Blues fall flat against Stars in Game 1

St. Louis loses to Dallas after four days off

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The emotional high of the St. Louis Blues took its toll in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Friday.

It was a burden off the Blues' backs to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round in seven games, and even though the Blues had four days to get ready for the Stars, they took too long to show life and it cost them at American Airlines Center.

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Instant analysis: Blues at Stars, Game 1

Dallas imposes its up-tempo style; Elliott nearly helps St. Louis steal series opener

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series at American Airlines Center on Friday.

Dallas led from midway through the second period until 11:32 of the third, when Kevin Shattenkirk tied it, but Radek Faksa didn't let that stand for very long, scoring the game-winner at 15:16 on a rebound off an Ales Hemsky shot.

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Stars score in third to take Game 1 from Blues

Faksa gets goal with 4:44 remaining to open Western second round

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Radek Faksa scored with 4:44 left in the third period to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Friday.

Blues goaltender Brian Elliott denied an Ales Hemsky shot, but Faksa was there to tap in the rebound for his second goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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5 Keys: Blues at Stars, Game 1

Big guns will be relied upon again for heated rivals

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars play Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here are five keys for Game 1:

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Voices carry for Stars' Stanley Cup vets

Words of wisdom will be key for younger teammates as Blues await

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

FRISCO, Texas - It was in Game 7 when they needed him. When the game was tied and the clock was ticking down and the Chicago Blackhawks were pushing and pushing. That was when right wing Troy Brouwer asserted himself for the St. Louis Blues, scoring the winning goal and propelling the Blues into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Brouwer's purpose - in addition to all he does on the ice - was to bring the knowledge accumulated over 85 playoff games to the Blues, who are light on playoff experience.

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Opening on road no big deal to Blues

Won't be bothered with Stars having home ice in second round

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have played six consecutive series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the higher seed, with opponents forced to take home-ice advantage by winning a game at Scottrade Center.

When the Blues and Dallas Stars open the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), it will be the Blues chasing home-ice advantage for the first time since the first round in 2009, when they were swept by the Vancouver Canucks.

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Stars coach Ruff concerned with rust

Says time off may be disadvantage for Dallas; prepares for St. Louis

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas --  Coach Lindy Ruff said he is concerned that the Dallas Stars may be rusty when they open the Second Round series with the St. Louis Blues on Friday after having not played since Sunday.

Game 1 is at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Stars to use Moen in Game 1 against Blues

Physical forward 'knows how to play the situations'

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 1: BLUES at STARS

Western Conference Second Round

TV: 8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff is expecting a physical series with the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Second Round, so veteran forward Travis Moen likely will be in the lineup for Game 1 Friday at American Airlines Center as a way to help counteract that physicality.

"He's fearless, he's been through it, he knows how to protect the puck, he knows how to play the situations," Ruff said of Moen. "He's comfortable in this environment, which is something that a lot of teams look for when they look for experienced and veteran players. We've got a guy that's got almost 80 [games of playoff experience] that has been there, he's done it and still gets up and down the ice real well."

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