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Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) is congratulated by teammate Johan Franzen after scoring against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, left, during the third period of Detroit's 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
NHL playoffs: St. Louis beats Chicago in overtime

Blue Jackets topple Pens in 2OT for first playoffs win; Avalanche beat Wild again.

First Published Apr 19 2014 10:50 pm • Last Updated Apr 19 2014 11:31 pm

St. Louis • Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues.

That little crack was all St. Louis needed to put another dent in the Blackhawks’ bid for a second straight Stanley Cup title.

At a glance

NHL playoffs

O Saturday

» St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 (OT)

Blues lead series 2-0

» Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3 (2OT)

Series tied 1-1

» Colorado 4, Minnesota 2

Avalanche lead series 2-0

Sunday

» Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 10 a.m., Ch. 5

» Detroit at Boston, 1 p.m., Ch. 5

» Tampa Bay at Montreal, 5 p.m., NBCSN

» Los Angeles at San Jose, 8 p.m., NBCSN

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Seabrook’s blow to the head of David Backes led to a 6-on-4 power play for St. Louis that ended with Tarasenko’s tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, and low-scoring defenseman Barret Jackman ended the game with a drive through traffic, giving the Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Blackhawks and a 2-0 series lead.

"Those seeing-eye shots, I couldn’t believe it went in," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

St. Louis took the opener in triple-overtime and fought off a Chicago rally in a game that began less than 39 hours later. Game 3 is Monday night in Chicago.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford tossed his equipment around in the locker room before meeting with reporters. He said he was screened a bit on the game-winner, adding, "I had my pads together, but there was a little space there and it just kind of squeezed through."

Addressing the tying goal, Crawford said: "It’s frustrating, but whatever. I’m not going to cry about it. We’ve just got to work harder."

Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3 (2 OT) • In Pittsburgh, Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and Columbus earned the first playoff victory in franchise history.

Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each.

Game 3 is Monday in Columbus.


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Jack Johnson tied the game with 6:01 left in regulation for the Blue Jackets. Ryan Johansen also scored the first playoff goal of his career for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky overcame a shaky start to finish with 39 saves.

Brian Gibbons scored twice and Matt Niskanen added his second goal of the playoffs but Pittsburgh was outplayed for much of the final three-plus periods. Fleury made 41 stops but was helpless on the game-winner.

The Penguins have dropped four straight home overtime playoff games and blew a chance to take a 2-0 series lead when they failed to bury the Blue Jackets early on.

Avalanche 4, Wild 2 • In Denver, Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, lifting Colorado to a victory over Minnesota and a 2-0 series lead.

The Wild were unable to contain the quickness of teenager Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three assists. Paul Stastny, the star of Game 1, also had a goal and three assists.



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