Radek Faksa scored with 4:44 left in the third period to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the second round at American Airlines Center on Friday. Blues goaltender Brian Elliott stopped Ales Hemsky on a 3-on-2, but Faksa buried in the rebound for his second goal of the playoffs.
The Blues started the game well and picked up their play midway through the third period after Elliott kept the Blues in the game during the second period. Dallas outshot St. Louis 31-17 in the first two periods. Kevin Shattenkirk tied the game 1-1 with 8:28 remaining in the third period after he buried a one-timer past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Shattenkirk took the pass from Colton Parayko.
“We had a real good push there for about 12 minutes in the third period,” Hitchcock said. “That’s kind of the formula we need to follow and get back to our game, but we’ve got to find the energy to play our game and we’ve got to find it quickly here in the next 48 hours.”
Game 2 is Sunday at 2 p.m.