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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.
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