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Power-play shortage dims Stars' outlook

After Game 5 loss to Blues, Dallas facing elimination at 1-for-16 in series

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- If the Dallas Stars hope to extend the Western Conference Second Round series against the St. Louis Blues, a best-of-7 that St. Louis leads 3-2, Dallas will need its power play to start scoring.

The Stars lost Game 5 4-1 on Saturday at American Airlines Center, and their power play was 0-for-2, making it 1-for-16 in the series. In a six-game first-round win against the Minnesota Wild, Dallas was 4-for-19.

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Jaskin unlikely hero for Blues in Game 5

Scores winning goal against Stars in return to lineup

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin didn't learn he would be making his first appearance in these Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday until he got to American Airlines Center in the morning and saw his name on the board.

Jaskin hadn't played since April 7 at the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues' second-to-last regular season game. But Jaskin made an huge impact against the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round, scoring the winning goal in a 4-1 victory that gave the Blues a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Elliott taking Blues to new heights

Makes 27 saves against Dallas in Game 5; St. Louis one win from Western Conference Final

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The saves came one after another. Boom. Boom. 

The pass came from Patrick Sharp, toward the center of the ice, for Cody Eakin, a player who had missed out on a handful of pretty setups from Sharp already in this game. This time, Eakin didn't miss. His shot went where it needed to go, but Brian Elliott was there, his left pad stopping the first attempt, his right pad stopping the second. 

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Instant analysis: Blues at Stars, Game 5

St. Louis takes 3-2 series lead against Dallas

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues took control in the Western Conference Second Round on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. After the Stars tied it in the first period on an Alex Goligoski goal, the Blues scored twice in the second (Dmitrij Jaskin, Troy Brouwer) and took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. 

What we learned: That the Blues learned from Game 2. In that game at American Airlines Center the Blues allowed the Stars to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and force overtime. Though the Blues probably gave up too many chances to the Stars late in Game 5 after building their lead, St. Louis was able to keep Dallas off the scoreboard.

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Blues defeat Stars in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

St. Louis one win from Western Conference Final; Game 6 Monday

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Robby Fabbri and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist, and Brian Elliott made 27 saves to help the St. Louis Blues defeat the Dallas Stars 4-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Dmitrij Jaskin, playing his first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored the game-winner midway through the second period. Troy Brouwer also scored for St. Louis, which won for the second time here to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Agnew: Goaltending difference for Stars

Former NHL assistant says Lehtonen boosts Dallas' confidence heading into Game 5 against 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.

DALLAS -- There was a stark difference in Game 4 for the Stars as compared with Game 2 and Game 3: goaltending. And that helped translate into the Stars' getting the win against the Blues Thursday, tying the best-of-7 series at 2-2.

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Stars hope early start, home ice work in their favor

Dallas likely to keep forward lines same for Game 5 against St. Louis

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars feel an early start to Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Saturday (1 pm ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports) could be to their advantage.

"I think it's almost better [to play early]," Stars captain Jamie Benn said Friday. "We can just wake up and play."

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5 Keys: Blues at Stars, Game 5

Dallas goaltending, brushing off adversity big factors Saturday

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars play Game 5 of their Western Conference Second Round series at American Airlines Center on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS, SN). The best-of-7 series is even at 2-2.

Here are five keys for Game 5:

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Stars' Seguin, Eaves unlikely to play in Game 5

Blues could make lineup changes with series tied 2-2

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 5: BLUES at STARS

Western Conference Second Round

Best-of-7 series tied 2-2

TV: 1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin skated for a fifth straight day Friday but is unlikely to play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

There was perhaps some hope Seguin, who sustained a lower-body injury in Game 2 of the first round against the Minnesota Wild, could return with the Stars back home after winning 3-2 in overtime in Game 4 on Thursday to even the series.

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