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Round 2, Gm 2: Blues at Stars

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Blues' Backes comes up big in Game 2 win vs. Stars

St. Louis forward scores second overtime goal of this year's playoffs

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Since 1995, St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has coached players of all shapes, sizes and forms.

Blues captain David Backes is one that Hitchcock considers among the rarest to play for him..

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Stars could switch goalies again for Game 3

Ruff won't say who will start Tuesday after Niemi relieves Lehtonen in Game 2 loss

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Coach Lindy Ruff has to make a decision about his goaltending before the Dallas Stars play the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round.

Does Ruff stick with Kari Lehtonen, who made 31 saves in a 2-1 win in Game 1 on Friday but was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in the first period of Game 2 on Sunday? Or does he give the start to Antti Niemi, who relieved Lehtonen to start the second period of Game 2 and stopped 19 shots before allowing the game-winner to David Backes in overtime?

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Blues don't panic after difficult third period

St. Louis can't hold two goal lead, defeats Dallas in overtime

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- It is hard to fight against nature, against the mind and its tricks and its tendencies. That's what the St. Louis Blues were doing in the third period of Game 2 against the Dallas Stars. They weren't acting on orders from coach Ken Hitchcock, forced into a failing vision of a prevent defense against the NHL's most potent offense.

No, they were falling into a mental hole, tracing a path that led to a goal against and another goal against and an overtime they didn't want.

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Backes scores in OT, Blues top Stars to even series

Power-play goal wins Game 2 after Dallas rallies to force overtime

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- David Backes scored a power-play goal 10:58 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

Dallas goaltender Antti Niemi made a pad save on Alexander Steen's slap shot from the top of the right circle, but Backes was there to knock in the rebound. It's the second overtime goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs for Backes; the other gave the Blues a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Instant analysis: Blues at Stars, Game 2

Fabbri, three-goal first period help St. Louis even series with Dallas

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- After losing Game 1 at American Airlines Center on Friday, the St. Louis Blues came back with a vengeance in the first period, scoring on their first two shots of Game 2. It went downhill from there; they allowed the Stars back into the game, with two goals in the third. Still, the Blues ultimately came out on top with a 4-3 overtime win Sunday in the Western Conference Second Round.

The Blues got goals by Patrik Berglund, Joel Edmundson and Troy Brouwer in the first period and added a power-play game-winner by David Backes on the rebound of an Alexander Steen shot at 10:58 of overtime to defeat the Stars. The series is tied at 1-1 heading to St. Louis.

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Stars' Niemi replaces Lehtonen in goal

Dallas goalie pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in first period of Game 2

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Goalie Antti Niemi started the second period for the Dallas Stars against the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

Niemi replaced Kari Lehtonen who allowed three goals on five shots in the first period, including two goals on the first two shots he faced.

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Blues answer Stars with two quick goals

St. Louis' Berglund, Edmundson score after Goligoski nets first for Dallas

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Brouwer feeds Edmundson

STL@DAL, Gm2: Edmundson buries Brouwer's pretty feed

R2, Gm2: Troy Brouwer sends centers a pretty pass to Joel Edmundson, who buries the puck into the twine to give the Blues a lead

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The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues got off to a fast start in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series, each scoring within the first five minutes of the game.

Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski scored 3:36 into the game when he took a pass from captain Jamie Benn, who was behind the net, and one-timed it past Blues goalie Brian Elliott.

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5 Keys: Blues at Stars, Game 2

St. Louis needs more desperation, must control tempo against Dallas

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars play Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round series on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). The Stars lead the best-of-7 series 1-0 after a 2-1 victory on Friday.

Here are five keys for Game 2:

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Blues need 'bigger commitment' against Stars

St. Louis says it has to raise level of play to even series in Game 2

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues acknowledged Saturday that they have to play better in their current playoff series than they did in their prior one, when they eliminated the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

St. Louis, which eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, lost Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round 2-1 to the Dallas Stars on Friday.

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Stars' Lehtonen not flashy, just successful

Dallas goaltender didn't make eye-popping saves in Game 1 against St. Louis, just enough to win

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The fireworks, perhaps, went to Brian Elliott. The Blues goaltender had the notable saves, the big stops, the constant bombardment of pucks.

It was a quieter night for Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen in Game 1, as the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues began the Western Conference Second Round. But, if the chances Lehtonen saw were less dangerous or fewer in number, his performance was no less important.

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