Rising Stars level series with OT goal

Fri May 6, 2016 2:14am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - After enduring a blowout loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series, the Dallas Stars knew exactly how they needed to respond Thursday in Game 4.

"We were embarrassed," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "I said it's time for us to man up. And I thought we did. I thought our leaders were our leaders, and we had some young guys who played extremely well."

Cody Eakin scored 2:58 into overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 win, which tied the series 2-2 going back to Dallas for Game 5 on Saturday.

Eakin scored his first goal of the playoffs off a pass from Patrick Sharp, beating goalie Brian Elliott. The Stars had lost their first two overtime playoff contests, including Game 2 of this series.

"I just had a little bit of room and found a little hole," Eakin said. "It just opened up."

Elliott gave the credit to the Stars for making a good play and for Eakin for putting the shot in about the only space where it could have gone in the net.

"It almost looked like it was on the outside of the net, and then went in," Elliott said. "That's how close it was."

The game ended as Ruff wanted, but it did not start out that way. The Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko scored a breakaway goal midway through the first period.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock thought the game turned shortly after that goal, even if the Blues were ahead. Tarasenko hit the post on another breakaway attempt, and Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was able to stop a shot from Troy Brouwer on another two-on-one break.   Continued...

Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates after the game winning goal scored by Cody Eakin (not pictured) against St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) during the overtime period in game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. The Dallas Stars defeat the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports