Monday, February 19, 2018
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Blues' Backes makes birthday happy

DALLAS — David Backes gave the Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday: a overtime goal to send them home with their second-round playoff series with the Stars tied at one game each.

What a serenade of Happy Birthday for the Blues captain from his teammates after Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime of Game 2 on Sunday for a 4-3 victory.

"I want to know what they did with the money their parents gave them for voice lessons," Backes said, smiling.

After blowing a two-goal lead while getting outshot 13-2 in the third period, the Blues took advantage of their second power-play chance in overtime. Backes followed up Alexander Steen's shot 17 seconds after Antoine Roussel was called for interference.

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First — 1, Dal, Goligoski 3 (Ja.Benn, Eakin), 3:36. 2, St.L, Berglund 2 (Fabbri, Backes), 4:11. 3, St.L, Edmundson 1 (Brouwer, Upshall), 7:02. 4, St.L, Brouwer 2 (Shattenkirk, Fabbri), 18:40 (pp). Penalties_Lehtera, StL (hook), 14:52; Roussel, Dal (trip), 17:41.

Second — None. Penalties_Nichushkin, Dal (hooking), 5:31; Brouwer, StL (cross-check), 9:46; Schwartz, StL (cross-check), 13:07.

Third — 5, Dal, Janmark 1 (Eakin, Sceviour), 4:35. 6, Dal, Ja.Benn 5 (Eakin, Russell), 17:24. Penalties_Berglund, StL (tripping), 4:37; Roussel, Dal (high-sticking), 5:46.

OT — 7, St.L, Backes 3 (Steen, Shattenkirk), 10:58 (pp). Penalties_Klingberg, Dal (holding), 1:13; Roussel, Dal (interference), 10:41. SOG — St.L 5-10-2-8_25. Dal 10-6-13-5_34. PPs— St.L 2 of 5; Dal 0 of 4. Goalies — St.L, Elliott 5-4-0 (34 shots-31 saves). Dal, Lehtonen (5-2), Niemi 1-2-0 (0:00 second, 20-19).

Sharks 3, Predators 2: Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:40 left in regulation and the host Sharks took a 2-0 lead in their series. After San Jose blew a one-goal lead in the third, the top line delivered when it mattered most. Joe Thornton slid a cross-ice pass to Matt Nieto, whose initial shot was stopped by goalie Pekka Rinne. But Pavelski batted the rebound in for his sixth goal of the playoffs.

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First Period—None. Penalties_Josi, Nas (cross-checking), 6:24; Ward, SJ (tripping), 13:38.

Second Period—1, SJ, Couture 4 (Pavelski, Burns), 18:36 (pp). Penalties_SJ bench, served by Donskoi (too many men), 15:16; Nas bench, served by Arvidsson (too many men), 18:03.

Third Period—2, Nas, Ekholm 3 (Wilson, Josi), 12:56. 3, SJ, Pavelski 6 (Nieto, Thornton), 17:20. 4, SJ, Thornton 2 (Couture, Pavelski), 19:04 (en). 5, Nas, Johansen 3 (Josi, Fisher), 19:56. Penalties_Dillon, SJ (roughing), 6:34. SOG—Nas 10-16-13_39. SJ 7-10-8_25. PPs—Nas 0 of 3; SJ 1 of 2. Goalies_Nas, Rinne 4-5-0 (24 shots-22 saves). SJ, Jones 6-1-0 (39-37).

Caps' Orpik banned 3 games: Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik was suspended three games for his late hit to the head of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Game 2 of their series Saturday. Orpik will miss Game 3 tonight, Game 4 on Wednesday and Game 5 on Saturday. He can return if the series gets to Game 6 on May 10. Orpik hit Maatta in the head after Maatta passed the puck four minutes into the game and was given a two-minute minor for interference. Maatta left the game and never returned. The hit was "forceful, unacceptably high and excessively late," NHL director of player safety Patrick Burke Orpik said. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he wasn't optimistic Maatta could play in Game 3.

Around the league: The Panthers' Jaromir Jagr, the Penguins' Pascal Dupuis and the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, as voted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The winner will be announced June 22.

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