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Blues recover against Stars in Game 3, take series lead

Maroon breaks tie late in third period for St. Louis

by Jeff Miller / Correspondent

Maroon's late go-ahead goal

STL@DAL, Gm3: Maroon pots go-ahead goal for Blues

R2, Gm3: Pat Maroon pulls the puck to the front of the net and roofs a shot past Ben Bishop to give the Blues a 4-3 lead late in the 3rd

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DALLAS -- Pat Maroon scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:38 left in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Monday.

Maroon collected a loose puck behind the net and scored under the arm of Stars goalie Ben Bishop at the right post.

St. Louis leads the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is at Dallas on Wednesday.


[WATCH: Blues vs. Stars Game 3 highlights | Complete series coverage]


"I think I just had more time to use my hands," Maroon said. "Usually, I'm muffing it into the pads. But I got it up quick, and I've been working on that in practice, just taking it from the back of the net and trying to lift it instead of just putting it into the pads. Got one through tonight."

Video: STL@DAL, Gm3: Schwartz tips point shot past Bishop

Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 28 saves for the Blues, who are 4-0 on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Once again tonight, it's not the way we drew it up before the game, but we'll take it," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said.

Alexander Radulov, Andrew Cogliano and Tyler Seguin scored, and Bishop made 30 saves for the Stars. 

"It was a great playoff game. It was back and forth, both teams were giving what they had," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "I just thought the Blues did a better job possessing pucks in the offensive zone than we did."

Cogliano tied it 2-2 at 13:06 of the third period with a shorthanded goal, knocking in a loose puck at the top of the crease after Mattias Janmark's cross-crease pass was stopped by Binnington.

Pietrangelo scored on a one-timer from along the left boards to put St. Louis ahead 3-2 at 14:24, but Seguin took a cross-ice pass from Miro Heiskanen and tapped the puck into an open net to tie it 3-3 at 15:52.

After Blues defenseman Colton Parayko was penalized for delay of game with 44 seconds remaining, Dallas pulled Bishop for a 6-on-4 advantage but had three shots blocked and didn't get one on net.

"The guys that are going out there, they have a lot of pressure on them," Blues defenseman Vince Dunn said. "But I think they really handled themselves really well."

Schwartz gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 1:27 of the first period, redirecting Parayko's shot from the right point while tied up with Stars defenseman Taylor Fedun.

Radulov tied it 1-1 at 17:12 on the power play. Jason Spezza got the puck low along the left boards and sent a pass in the slot between Carl Gunnarsson and Alexander Steen to Radulov, who scored on a one-timer.

Bozak scored to make it 2-1 at 8:30 of the second period. Dunn skated down the right wing and fed Robert Thomas for a shot from the right face-off circle. Bishop made the initial save, but the puck trickled behind him, and Bozak knocked it into the net.

"They might not get one in the first period, they might not get one in the second period, but as the game goes on, they're going to wear you down," Pietrangelo said of the Blues' third line of Maroon, Bozak and Thomas.

Video: STL@DAL, Gm3: Pietrangelo rips home blistering shot


They said it

"Our road record's been fantastic all year. I thought right from the get-go we were engaged right away in the game. We were aggressive. Sets the tone for us in the game." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

Video: Clutch Performance: Maroon wins Game 3 for Blues

"We need to come out and be a little better. We need to dig a little deeper. I thought we got outworked a little bit in the tough areas, and we need to be better." -- Stars defenseman Ben Lovejoy


Need to know

Teams that win Game 3 of a best-of-7 NHL playoff series that was tied 1-1 have a series record of 213-103 (.674), including 1-3 in the 2019 first round. … Binnington tied the NHL record for fewest games played (39) to earn his 30th NHL win (including regular season and playoffs) with Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, who set the record with the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 31, 2014. Binnington also became the first NHL rookie goalie to win his first four road playoff games since Cam Ward did so with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. … Schwartz's goal was his sixth of the playoffs, tying him with Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights and Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks for the NHL lead. Schwartz scored 11 goals during the regular season.


What's next

Game 4 of Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS)

Video: Maroon's late goal helps Blues grab 2-1 series lead

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