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            ***** National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules *****
                             (Saturday, April 19th)
 
 
                    Final Score: St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 (OT)
 
 St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Brent Seabrook's  charging major  for a
 check on Blues center David Backes led to Vladimir Tarasenko's tying goal with
 6.4  seconds left  in regulation, and Barret Jackman scored 5:50 into overtime
 to  give  St. Louis  a 4-3 win  over the  Chicago Blackhawks in  Game 2 of the
 Western  Conference semifinals  on Saturday. The Blues won the longest game in
 franchise  history on  Thursday in triple overtime  and now have a 2-0 lead in
 the best-of-seven series heading into Monday's Game 3 in Chicago. Chris Porter
 and  Kevin Shattenkirk  also scored to give  the Blues a 2-0 lead in the first
 period  and  Ryan Miller ended  with 25 saves.  Miller's shutout streak of 119
 minutes  and 27 seconds was snapped when Duncan Keith scored with 2:35 left in
 the  second  period to  get the  Blackhawks on the  board. Seabrook and Michal
 Rozsival beat Miller 1:45 apart in the third period to give the Blackhawks the
 lead,  but the defending Stanley Cup champions were done in by Seabrook's game
 misconduct with 4:51 left in regulation.
 
 
                  Final Score: Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3 (2-OT)
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Matt Calvert's  second  goal  of  the
 contest, coming at 1:10 of the second overtime, gave the Columbus Blue Jackets
 their  first-ever playoff  victory with  a  4-3 decision  over the  Pittsburgh
 Penguins  in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal from CONSOL Energy
 Center.  Brandon Dubinsky fought off Pens forward Jussi Jokinen behind the net
 and  fed in  front for Cam Atkinson,  who missed from point-blank range on the
 right side. The rebound came out to Calvert, who made no mistake from the left
 wing.  Jack  Johnson  and  Ryan  Johansen  added  tallies  with  David  Savard
 contributing   two  assists  for  the  Blue  Jackets,  who  had  dropped  five
 consecutive  postseason games and head home with the series tied for Game 3 on
 Monday.  Sergei  Bobrovsky stopped  39 pucks  to record  his first playoff win
 after  nine  appearances and three  losses. Brian Gibbons  picked up a pair of
 first-period  scores, Matt Niskanen also lit the lamp and Sidney Crosby netted
 two  helpers  for the  Penguins, who  have dropped  their last three multiple-
 overtime contests. Marc-Andre Fleury halted 41 pucks in defeat.
 
 
                      Final Score: Colorado 4, Minnesota 2
 
 Denver,  CO  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Nathan MacKinnon scored  a goal with three
 assists  as  the rookie led  the Colorado Avalanche to  a 4-2 victory over the
 Minnesota  Wild in  Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series. The
 18-year-old  became  the youngest  player  in  Colorado franchise  history  to
 score  a goal  in the playoffs as his  marker tied the game, then he helped to
 set  up  a pair of goals from Gabriel Landeskog to give his club a 2-0 lead in
 this  best-of-seven series.  The front  runner for  the Calder  Trophy as  the
 leagues  top rookie, MacKinnon led all freshmen in points with 63 and tied for
 goals  with 24.  Semyon  Varlamov  stopped 30  shots  for  Colorado, which  is
 12-0  all-time  in playoff series  after going up  2-0. Paul Stastny posted an
 empty-net  goal  and three  assists. Charlie Coyle  and Marco Scandella scored
 for  the  Wild, who  saw starter  Ilya Bryzgalov pulled  after giving up three
 goals on  14  shots. Darcy  Kuemper performed well in relief, turning away all
 14 shots he faced. This  series now  heads back to Minnesota  for the next two
 tilts, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday night.
 
 
 04/20 00:38:42 ET

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