Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blues Alive, Lightning Seek to Clinch

The St. Louis Blues forged a series tie on Saturday night in San Jose. The Tampa Bay Lightning moved to within one game of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Paul Stastny (Denver) had two assists and Jaden Schwartz (Colorado College) set up another in the Blues’ 6-3 victory over the Sharks on Saturday as St. Louis knotted the Western Conference final at two games apiece. The six-goal outburst also broke a scoreless string of more than 157 minutes for the Blues. Joe Pavelski (Wisconsin) scored the first Sharks’ goal, as San Jose lost for the first time since Game 1. Game 5 will be held on Monday in Missouri.

A shot by Jason Garrison (Minnesota-Duluth) was deflected home just 53 seconds into overtime on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Lightning completed their comeback from a two-goal deficit with a 4-3 win over the Penguins in Pennsylvania. Alex Killorn (Harvard) also scored for the Lightning, who surrendered the first two goals of the game and then fell behind, 3-2, on a goal by Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz (Ferris State). Tampa Bay then knotted matters with 3:16 remaining in regulation before Garrison helped win it. Brian Dumoulin (Boston College) tallied his first career NHL playoff goal in the final second of the first period. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final is Tuesday in Tampa.

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