As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue to fly by, we saw our first Game 2s of the Second Round; Dallas played in St. Louis, whilst Boston welcomed Columbus once again.
As things stand after Game 1:
➜ Blues lead Stars 1-0
➜ Blue Jackets trail Bruins 1-0
Dallas Stars v St. Louis Blues
Roope Hintz had two goals and an assist, helping lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series, which is now tied 1-1.
The second of Hintz‘s goals was an empty netter with three seconds remaining. The center leads rookies in the playoffs with seven points (4g, 3a), whilst defenseman Esa Lindell led in ice time (30:13) and blocked shots (six).
Ben Bishop made 32 saves for Dallas. The former Blues player is 11-3 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs following a loss. He entered the game with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage in situations after losing Game 1 (3-2).
Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars, and Mats Zuccarello had two assists.
Colton Parayko had a goal and an assist, Jaden Schwartz also scored, and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves for the hosts, who allowed three goals and fell behind 3-1 in the first period.
Blues center Ryan O’Reilly took 34 face-offs and lost 20, a season high. His previous high was 18 against the Florida Panthers on February 5.
Blues v Dallas – Monday, April 29 (8pm – NBCSN)
Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins
Matt Duchene scored a power play goal 3:42 into the second overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
Patrice Bergeron was penalized for tripping at 2:59. Artemi Panarin then shot from the point and Duchene picked up the rebound and scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff overtime goal, a five-hole on Tuukka Rask.
Panarin scored both regulation time goals for the Blue Jackets, and Seth Jones registered the primary assist on both, taking his postseason assists total to six.
Panarin‘s six-game point streak (4g, 5a) is the longest in the playoffs in team history.
Blue Jackets goal Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves, including a glove save on a bouncing puck shot from outside the zone a 6:25 of the first overtime, another on a rebound by Bergeron at 8:24, and again at 17:43.
After his side overcame a playoff game in which they trailed multiple times to win for just the second time in franchise history (Game 1 of 2018 Easter Conference First Round at Washington Capitals), the Russian keeper told media, “You have to be there when your teammates need you.”
Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, who are 9-9 in games that end in the second overtime (Columbus are 2-1). The goal was Grzelcyk‘s first in the NHL playoffs. Rask made 38 saves.
Bruins v Blue Jackets – Tuesday, April 30 (7pm – NBCSN)
How things stand after Game 2:
➜ Stars and Blues tied 1-1
➜ Columbus and Bruins tied 1-1
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN