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Stars even series with 4-2 win over Blues in Game 2

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues and Stars will go to Dallas with the series tied at one win apiece after the Stars scored three goals in the first period and made them stand up for a 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 2 on Saturday at Enterprise Center.

Game 3 is Monday at 7 p.m. in Dallas.

Jordan Binnington, named a finalist for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year earlier in the day, didn't lack for work, facing 34 shots, but it was the Blues' slow start that set the tone for the game and put them in a hole they couldn't get out of. The Blues were 0 for 5 on the power play with eight shots on goal.

"It's not going to be easy," Binnington said. "These teams are here for a reason. Both are good and both can play, so ... we're going on the road tied 1-1."

"It's going to be tight," coach Craig Berube said. "Both teams play good defensive hockey, both goalies are playing well. Our power play could have helped us tonight, it didn't. That might have made the difference in the game."

"It's important," Dallas goalie Ben Bishop said. "Obviously, you just want to get a win in Game 1 or Game 2, no matter how you do it. You scratch and claw all playoffs, it doesn't matter how you do it. It's not always going to be pretty. You just have to work hard and that's what we ended up doing."

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Jaden Schwartz made it a one-goal game at 3-2 1:48 into the third period when he redirected a shot by Colton Parayko into the net for his fifth goal of the postseason. Schwartz had Mats Zuccarello of Dallas on his back and made slight contact with Ben Bishop on the play, but after a challenge by Dallas, the goal stood.

That was the beginning of an intense third period with chances both ways. Oskar Sundqvist had a breakaway midway through the period that Bishop saved and Jordan Binnington made back-to-back saves, first on a breakaway by Jamie Benn and then Tyler Seguin's rebound attempt. With 7 1/2 minutes to go, Ryan O'Reilly had a redirection on a feed from Pat Maroon but Bishop saved it.

Fourteen seconds later, David Perron was called for interference, setting off a power play in which Dallas had nine shots on goal, and Binnington stopped them all.

The Blues had a power play with 2:45 to go and pulled Binnington halfway through for a 6-on-4 but couldn't score. Roope Hintz put in an empty met goal with 3 seconds remaining.

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