NHL Playoff

NHL Playoff: Ben Bishop made 32 saves, Roope Hintz scored twice and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series.

Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars.

Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored for St. Louis, and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves. The Blues had won three straight.

Game 3 is Monday night in Dallas.

Bishop bounced back after allowing three goals in 20 shots in a 3-2 loss in Game 1 on Thursday night.

Dallas scored three times in the opening 14:51 before Bishop took over.

Hintz, who added an empty-net-net goal with 3 seconds left, converted on a pass from Mats Zuccarello at 7:11. Heiskanen scored on a give-and-go with Hintz just over six minutes later.

The Blues answered 46 seconds later on Parayko’s drive from the top of the circle.

Dallas needed just 26 seconds to restore the two-goal lead, with Janmark scoring off a Jason Dickinson’s pass.

Schwartz tipped in a shot from Parayko with 1:48 left in the third. Schwartz has a team-high five goals in the first two rounds.

Blue Jackets 3, Bruins 2: Matt Duchene scored on a power play at 3:42 of the second overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins early Sunday morning, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece.

Artemi Panarin scored twice and assisted on the winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots. The Blue Jackets twice gave up a lead and twice came back to tie it.

Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for Boston. The Bruins won the opener — also in overtime.

The series moves to Columbus for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The St. Louis Blues matched their longest road winning streak in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since entering the NHL in 1967 when they defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 at American Airlines Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round on Tuesday.

Pat Maroon’s goal with 1:38 remaining in the third period gave the Blues a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and their fourth victory in as many road games during the 2019 playoffs, equaling the St. Louis record for longest road winning streak in the playoffs set in 1969. St. Louis won all three road games against the Winnipeg Jets in the first round. The Blues’ record for road wins in one playoff season is six, set in 2016.
The Blues led 2-1 entering the third period but saw Dallas tie the game twice before Maroon scored. His goal gave the Blues the lead for the fourth and final time. St. Louis is the second team in the 2019 playoffs to win when taking four separate leads. The New York Islanders did it against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round, a 4-3 overtime win.

Blue Jackets, Avalanche hope to capitalize on home-ice advantage
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche return home Tuesday for Game 3 in their respective best-of-7 second-round series after splitting the first two games on the road.

Columbus is back at Nationwide Arena to face the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). It’s the first home game for the Blue Jackets since completing their historic sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning on April 16. Columbus, which defeated the Bruins 3-2 in double overtime in Game 2 on Saturday, has won seven of its past eight home games; the only loss was 6-2 to the Bruins on April 2.

Boston and Columbus have required overtime in each of the first two games of the second round. Six series in NHL history have started with at least three straight OT games, the most recent was the first-round series between the Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals last season.

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