NHL Playoff Roundup

Associated Press

May 2, 2016

DALLAS St. Louis captain David Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime and the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in Game 2 on Sunday to even the second-round series.

St. Louis was on its second power play of overtime after Antoine Roussel was called for interference.

Vladimir Tarasenko took a slap shot that defenseman Alex Goligoski blocked. But the Blues kept charging and Backes scored on the rebound of Alexander Steen's shot.

The best-of-seven series matching the Western Conference's top two teams switches to St. Louis for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Dallas forced overtime by erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period, tying in on Jamie Benn's goal with 2:36 left.

Antti Niemi stopped 19 consecutive shots since relieving Kari Lehtonen after the first period until Backes scored. Blues goalie Brian Elliott had 31 saves, including big shots by Jason Spezza and Benn about a minute apart in overtime.

Patrik Berglund, Joe Edmundson and Troy Brouwer had first-period goals for St. Louis.

Goligoski and Mattias Janmark also scored for Dallas.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:40 left and Martin Jones stopped 37 shots to lead San Jose past Nashville for a 2-0 lead in the second-round playoff series.

Logan Couture added a power-play goal and Joe Thornton scored an empty-netter to put the Sharks in control as the series shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Mattias Ekholm tied it earlier in the third and Ryan Johansen also scored for Nashville.

After San Jose blew a one-goal lead in the third, the top line delivered. Joe Thornton slid a cross-ice pass to Matt Nieto, whose initial shot was stopped by Rinne. But Pavelski batted in the rebound for his sixth goal of the playoffs to give the Sharks the lead.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Nashville.