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NHL playoffs: Stars beat Blues to tie series

St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas, right, is unable to score past Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop, M
St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas, right, is unable to score past Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop, Miro Heiskanen (4) and Valeri Nichushkin (43) during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL second-round playoff series on Saturday.
(Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)

Ben Bishop made 32 saves, Roope Hintz scored twice and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series.

Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars.

Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored for St. Louis, and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves. The Blues had won three straight.

Game 3 is Monday night in Dallas.

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Bishop bounced back after allowing three goals in 20 shots in a 3-2 loss in Game 1 on Thursday night.

Dallas scored three times in the opening 14:51 before Bishop took over.

Hintz, who added an empty-net-net goal with 3 seconds left, converted on a pass from Mats Zuccarello at 7:11. Heiskanen scored on a give-and-go with Hintz just over six minutes later.

The Blues answered 46 seconds later on Parayko’s drive from the top of the circle.

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Dallas needed just 26 seconds to restore the two-goal lead, with Janmark scoring off a Jason Dickinson’s pass.

Schwartz tipped in a shot from Parayko with 1:48 left in the third. Schwartz has a team-high five goals in the first two rounds.

Blue Jackets 3, Bruins 2: Matt Duchene scored on a power play at 3:42 of the second overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins early Sunday morning, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece.

Artemi Panarin scored twice and assisted on the winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots. The Blue Jackets twice gave up a lead and twice came back to tie it.

Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for Boston. The Bruins won the opener — also in overtime.

The series moves to Columbus for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday nights.


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