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Round 2, Gm 3: Stars at Blues

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Steen shows he can do more than play defense

Forward has two goals, helps hold Stars' top line without a point in Game 3 win

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen has arguably drawn some of the toughest defensive assignments in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Steen and linemates Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer have their hands full during this Western Conference Second Round series with the Dallas Stars. Their job is to hound and shadow Stars captain Jamie Benn, Patrick Sharp and Cody Eakin; though at times, they'll also go up against a line that features Jason Spezza, who finished the regular season with 33 goals.

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Stars say confidence in goalies not an issue

Niemi pulled in Game 3 loss to Blues after relieving Lehtonen in Game 2

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- There wasn't much to say when it was all over. It was evident, what had happened, and what, really, could anyone in the Dallas Stars' dressing room add? They had watched it unfold, saw their goaltenders victimized, their defenders posterized and their team lose in spectacular fashion, 6-1 at the hands of the St. Louis Blues in Game 3.

It was only one loss. Just one, putting the Stars down 2-1 in the best-of-7 series in the Western Conference Second Round. But it was more than that, in the way that it exposed issues that the Stars have dealt with all season; a defense that ranked 19th in goals against during the regular season and an uncertain-at-times goaltending tandem.

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Instant analysis: Stars at Blues, Game 3

St. Louis takes advantage of Dallas goaltending, builds 2-1 series lead

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- After one-goal games in the first two of this Western Conference Second Round series, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 6-1 in Game 3 at Scottrade Center on Tuesday, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

The Blues got two goals from Alexander Steen and David Backes, and one each Troy Brouwer and Vladimir Tarasenko, while not allowing the Stars to score after a goal by Colton Sceviour at 4:44 of the first period.

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Blues cruise to Game 3 win against Stars

St. Louis allows first goal, scores final six to grab 2-1 series lead

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, and Alexander Steen and David Backes each scored twice to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 6-1 victory against the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series at Scottrade Center on Tuesday.

Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist, and Brian Elliott made 25 saves for the Blues, who lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is in St. Louis on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Video Review: DAL @ STL - 18:41 of the First Period

Puck did not cross St. Louis goal line - no goal Dallas

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Situation Room: STL vs. DAL, Gm3

Situation Room: Demers' chance overturned to no goal

R2, Gm3: Following video review, it is determined that Jason Demers' shot did not cross the goal line and is overturned to no goal

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At 18:41 of the first period in the Dallas Stars/St. Louis Blues game, video review determined that the puck did not cross the St. Louis goal line. No goal Dallas.

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Blues score 57 seconds after Stars take lead

Sceviour, Steen trade goals in first period of Game 3

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Steen's top-shelf goal

DAL@STL, Gm3: Steen fires puck past Niemi top-shelf

R2, Gm3: Alexander Steen roofs a quick wrist shot past Antti Niemi to tie the game at 1 in the 1st period

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Alexander Steen scored for the St. Louis Blues 57 seconds after Colton Sceviour gave the Dallas Stars a 1-0 lead in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Scottrade Center on Tuesday.

Sceviour scored 4:44 into the first period; Steen scored at 5:41 to tie it 1-1.

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5 Keys: Stars at Blues, Game 3

Ruff coy on starting goalie; St. Louis needs 'STL Line' to get going

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues play Game 3 of their Western Conference Second Round series at Scottrade Center on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Here are 5 Keys for Game 3:

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Pietrangelo perfect fit for Blues system

St. Louis defenseman, 26, plays calm, collected game even as playoff pressure mounts

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock paused to find the right way to frame his answer. He knew what he wanted to say, or at least convey, but he wasn't sure exactly the correct way to put it, the way that wouldn't accidentally denigrate the player who has been his best defenseman in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Hitchcock was discussing the calm of Alex Pietrangelo, the way the defenseman seems so sure and so steady, even as his minutes and his responsibilities continue to mount.

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Blues can learn from blown lead in Game 2

St. Louis hopes scenarios against Dallas in second round, Chicago in first help moving forward

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

After Practice - May 2

Blues look ahead to Game 3 at home

Pietrangelo, Steen, Fabbri and Backes look forward to Game 3 at Scottrade Center

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HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- The St. Louis Blues got away with it in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Dallas Stars. However, the Blues understand it's not a recipe for success moving forward to lose a lead, only to try and recapture momentum.

The Blues had similar situations in their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. They led 3-1 in Game 6 before being burned for five unanswered goals in a 6-3 loss. They led 2-0 in Game 7, only to see the Blackhawks come back before Troy Brouwer scored the go-ahead goal in the third period. They were down 3-1 in the third period of Game 5, roaring back before falling 4-3 in double overtime.

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Ruff mum on Stars' goaltender against Blues

Signs point to Niemi, but Dallas coach won't commit after morning skate

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 3: STARS at BLUES

Western Conference Second Round

Series tied 1-1

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

ST. LOUIS -- Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff is in Stanley Cup Playoff mode.

Ahead of Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues, Ruff was asked twice regarding his starting goaltender Tuesday.

When asked if he thought for a long time regarding his decision whether to start Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi, Ruff's answer threw the media gathering for a curveball.

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