Blues take 2-1 series lead after wild Game 3
DALLAS – The Blues held off the Stars 4-3 to regain home ice advantage in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Things got going early for St. Louis. It took only 1:27 to get the opening goal on the board. Jaden Schwartz redirected Ryan O’Reilly’s blue line shot past Stars’ goalie Ben Bishop for an early 1-0 lead.
The Blues would maintain a shot advantage for much of the first period. Dallas would physically impose itself on the game, outhitting St. Louis 12-6 at one point. Eventually, that led to the first power play opportunity of the game for the Blues. During that advantage, St. Louis managed just two shots on net.
The Stars got a power play of their own after Jay Bouwmeester tripped Tyler Seguin. Dallas made its man advantage count with a tying goal from Alexander Radulov. 1-1 is how it would stay going into the first intermission.
The Blues penalty kill unit would fare better early in the second period after Bouwmeester again found himself in the box, keeping Dallas without a shot on goal. The teams would trade spurts of offense, with Tyler Bozak reacting first to the puck slipping behind Bishop to put St. Louis back into the lead.
Despite another power play for the Stars they would fail to score and the Blues held a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
The game continued according to St. Louis’ plan until late in the third period. Dallas couldn’t get anything going on its own power play so it took advantage of one of St Louis’. Andrew Cogliano netted the short-handed goal, tying the game at two.
Just 1:18 later, Alex Pietrangelo put the Blues back in the lead 3-2. The lead once again did not last, as Tyler Seguin scored less than two minutes later to tie the game at three.
The goal explosion would continue with Patrick Maroon giving the Blues the lead for the fourth and final time in the game with just 1:38 remaining. Dallas had an opportunity in the final minute with one last power play opportunity, failing to capitalize. St. Louis skated off with a 4-3 win and 2-1 series lead.
The series resumes Wednesday at 8:30.