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Blues on costly turnover: 'Those things happen'

St. Louis won't blame Edmundson for play that changed Game 4 loss to Stars

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

Faksa scores off turnover

DAL@STL, Gm4: Faksa wrists it past Elliott

R2, Gm4: Following a Blues turnover in their own zone, Radek Faksa wires a wrist shot past Brian Elliott to tie the game at 1 in the 2nd period

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues felt like they were in control of Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

The Blues were leading in the second period even though they left a couple of goals on the ice in the first.

But the Stars pounced on a mistake and got themselves back in the best-of-7 series with a 3-2 overtime win that evened it 2-2 with Game 5 in Dallas on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

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Stars find way to win when they needed it most

Bounce back from bad loss with overtime win in Game 4, tie series with Blues at 2-2

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- There is a feeling on this Dallas Stars team, one that reminds Patrick Sharp of an early Chicago Blackhawks team. No, not the one that won the Stanley Cup in 2010, but the one from the previous year, a team with youngsters and veterans and a head full of steam that got shut down by the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Final.

It was there on Thursday morning, in the lead-up to a Game 4 that would go a long way toward determining the fate of this Stars club. It was there after regulation, as they prepared for overtime, one that Dallas cut short with a goal by Cody Eakin at 2:58 to give the Stars a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series.

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Lehtonen saves Stars from goalie question

Makes 31 saves in series-tying Game 4 win against Blues

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- It had been three games since the Dallas Stars had a goaltender make it through an entire game, back to Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues. In that game, Kari Lehtonen did all that the Stars required of him, allowing one goal on 32 shots.

The next two games? Those did not go quite as well.

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Instant analysis: Stars at Blues, Game 4

Dallas responds from early mistake to tie series

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Cody Eakin scored 2:58 into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Thursday, tying the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round series 2-2.

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Eakin lifts Stars to OT win in Game 4

Forward scores 2:58 into overtime, Lehtonen makes 24 saves in victory against Blues; series tied 2-2

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Cody Eakin nearly cost the Dallas Stars the game moments before he scored the winner in overtime.

It was a whirlwind shift for Eakin, whose goal 2:58 into overtime gave the Stars a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series at Scottrade Center on Thursday.

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5 Keys: Stars at Blues, Game 4

Dallas has to capitalize on power-play opportunities, improve defense

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars play Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series Thursday at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Here are 5 Keys for Game 4:

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Blues focus on Game 4, not big win

Feel fortunate to have 2-1 series lead against Dallas

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have the momentum in their Western Conference Second Round series against the Dallas Stars, but they understand it will only carry them so far. 

The Blues took a 2-1 series lead with 6-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday. Game 4 of the best-of-7 series is at Scottrade Center on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). 

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Lehtonen likely to start for Stars in Game 4

Goalie relieved Niemi in Game 3 loss against Blues

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 4: STARS at BLUES

Western Conference Second Round

St. Louis leads best-of-7 series 2-1

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

ST. LOUIS -- Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he was "embarrassed" with his team following a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series and likely will change his starting goalie again for Game 4.

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Stars trying to regroup for Game 4 against Blues

Ruff says there's 'no secret' why St. Louis won big in Game 3

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- When told that St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said the 6-1 final score on Tuesday wasn't necessarily indicative of how the teams played, and that the game was closer than the score, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff all but scoffed.

"I think Hitch is like the peanuts on top of the bar," Ruff said. "They're complimentary."

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Agnew: Stars need to forget Game 3

Former NHL coach says Dallas has to adjust for Game 4, not dwell on 6-1 loss to St. Louis

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Gary Agnew to break down the action. Agnew will be checking in throughout the series.

Agnew, 55, was an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets. He also served as interim coach of the Blue Jackets for five games during the 2006-07 season, and he has been coach of Syracuse of the American Hockey League and London and Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.

ST. LOUIS -- One of the keys in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is realizing that things might not be as bad as they seem, and might not be as good either.

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