Backes scores winner as Blues tie series with Stars

Sun May 1, 2016 8:50pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchanges) - St. Louis captain David Backes scored a power-play goal 10:58 into overtime as the Blues edged the Dallas Stars 4-3 in Game 2 to square the second-round playoff series on Sunday at American Airlines Center.

Stars goaltender Antti Niemi, who stopped 19 of 20 shots in relief of starter Kari Lehtonen, denied the initial shot by Alex Steen, but Backes tapped in the rebound to end the game.

"We got this series tied back up," Backes said. "Got one in their building, and now we need to go home and play solid hockey for 60 minutes and really start to establish our game."

St. Louis were 17 seconds into a power play resulting from an interference call on Antoine Roussel 10:41 into overtime.

"I don't know (if the referee made the right call)," Roussel said. "They have a tough job. It's not easy to be a ref out there."

Robby Fabbri and Kevin Shattenirk each had two assists for the Blues. Brian Elliott stopped 31 of 34 shots.

Game 3 in the best-of-7 series is on Tuesday in St. Louis.

"The second period was the best we've played all playoffs," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

"We did everything we wanted to do, we played a heck of a period and then we played the score, and that's the wrong thing you can do against Dallas; they're too good."   Continued...

May 1, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) and center Cody Eakin (20) and St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (4) and goalie Brian Elliott (1) and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) look for the puck in midair during the overtime period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports