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Vladimir Tarasenko scored and had two assists in the Blues Game 3 explosion.

The points snapped a three-game point-less streak for the Russian sniper. That brings his points total to nine points (5G,4A) in 10 postseason games. Troy Brouwer scored and added an assist, Alex Steen and David Backes each scored two goals.
May 4 - 3:54 AM

Brian Elliott turned aside 25-of-26 shots in the Blues 6-1 Game 3 blowout win over Dallas on Tuesday.

Elliott's outstanding postseason continued on Tuesday as the Blues took a 2-1 series lead on the strength of a goal explosion and having the better goaltending. Elliott has allowed two goals or less in three of the last five games and this win was the first St. Louis postseason win that wasn't a one goal victory after a tight first round and first two games of this series. The 31-year-old has a 6-4 record and a 2.25 GAA to go with a .933 save percentage.
May 4 - 3:29 AM

David Backes scored twice in the Blues 6-1 blowout of Dallas in Game 3 to help St. Louis take a 2-1 series lead.

The Blues captain now has back-to-back games with two points and has been credited with the game winner in both the wins. He has three game winners in these playoffs alone. That is eight points in 10 games for Backes. Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added two assists and Alex Steen added two goals in the blowout win. The Blues best players have been great the last two games and that has led to wins.
May 4 - 3:05 AM

Colton Sceviour scored the only goal for the Stars in a 6-1 blowout loss to St. Louis in Game 3 on Tuesday.

The Stars opened the scoring on a goal by Sceviour but then gave up six straight unanswered to the Blues. Jason Spezza and Johnny Oduya picked up assists on the lone Stars' goal. It was the second straight game with a point for Sceviour.
May 4 - 2:51 AM

Kari Lehtonen gets a full workload of shots in the Stars 6-1 blowout loss to St. Louis on Tuesday.

Lehtonen, who started Games 1 and 2, made 23 saves on 26 shots in mop up duty. After all that talk about who would start Game 3 for the Stars, Lindy Ruff would ironically need both goalies. Lehtonen has the superior record and numbers by far of the Stars' goalies. It's likely time to end the goalie rotating if you are Ruff.
May 4 - 2:24 AM

Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots and was pulled in the Stars' 6-1 blowout loss to St. Louis in Game 3.

Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots before being pulled at 2:34 of the second period. Kari Lehtonen, who started Games 1 and 2, made 23 saves on 26 shots in relief. Dallas is going to need much better goaltending from both of their netminders if they hope to advance past St. Louis. It wouldn't be surprising if the Stars went back to Lehtonen in Game 4.
May 4 - 1:55 AM

Martin Jones was human in a Game 3 loss, allowing four goals on 25 shots in the Sharks first road defeat of the postseason.

The Predators scored twice on the power play to get to the San Jose netminder. We had to know a road loss was going to come at some point for the Sharks. Jones has been terrific in the playoffs and has a 6-2 record to go with his 2.36 GAA and .914 save percentage despite this poor outing.
May 4 - 1:40 AM

Patrick Marleau scored the Sharks' lone goal in a 4-1 Game 3 loss to Nashville on Tuesday.

Patrick Marleau gave San Jose a 1-0 lead at 13:13 of the first period on a breakaway. Marleau split the Predators defense and beat goaltender Pekka Rinne to the loose puck. Marleau was able to skate around Rinne and shoot the puck into an empty net. Unfortunately for the Sharks, that was all they could muster against the Preds goalie on this night. It was the first loss for the Sharks on the road this postseason.
May 4 - 1:30 AM

Pekka Rinne made 26 saves in Nashville's 4-1 Game 3 victory over San Jose on Tuesday.

Rinne stepped up his game in a must win for the Predators. It didn't look like it at first, after allowing the first goal of the game in a play where he came out of his crease to play the puck but got out-raced to it by Patrick Marleau but he shut the door after that. Rinne evened his record to 5-5 to go with a strong 2.33 GAA and .920 save percentage this postseason.
May 4 - 1:18 AM

Shea Weber scored a goal and added an assist in Nashville's Game 3 win over San Jose on Tuesday.

Weber was dominant at both ends of the ice and logged 24:02 of ice time. Everyone was calling for him to step up after going pointless and having a minus-2 through the first two games of the series. He has seven points in 10 playoffs games now and was credited with the game winner. Filip Forsberg, James Neal, Colin Wilson scored the other goals and the Predators converted twice on the power play.
May 4 - 12:59 AM

Thomas Greiss allowed five goals on 41 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Lightning in Game 3.

The Isles won't be happy about dropping this game, especially because they held 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 leads. New York was 38 seconds away from closing out Game 3 when Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game. Greiss has given up three goals or more in three straight games. He'll enter Game 4 with a 5-4 record, a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason. The Islanders are now down 2-1 in the series.
May 3 - 10:49 PM

Ben Bishop gave up four goals on 39 shots, but the Lightning still managed to beat the Islanders 5-4 in overtime in Game 3.

The Bolts found themselves down on three different occasions in this one, but they managed to tie the game with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third period. Brian Boyle scored the game-winner in overtime less than three minutes into the extra frame. Bishop has won four of his last five games dating back to Game 4 against Detroit, but he's given up four goals in two of his last three outings. He has a 6-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this postseason.
May 3 - 10:41 PM

Josh Bailey scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 3.

Bailey opened the scoring at the 7:55 mark of the first period. His third period goal (scored on the power play) gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead with just over 17 minutes remaining. The Islanders were close to going up 2-1 in the series, but Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game with 38 seconds remaining. Brian Boyle won it in overtime. The Islanders are down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
May 3 - 10:35 PM

Brian Boyle scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 3.

The Bolts battled back from 1-0, 3-2, and 4-3 deficits in this one. Forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game at four with 38 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime. In the extra frame, it took Boyle just 2:48 seconds to bury the winner. There was some controversy leading up to the goal, as Boyle took Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey out of the play with a solid bodycheck. Boyle has two goals and 16 penalty minutes this postseason. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
May 3 - 10:31 PM

Confirming an earlier note, Antti Niemi will indeed be in net for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Blues.

Niemi has turned aside 66 of 74 shots through three games of action during the postseason, though the Stars have gone 1-2 over the span.
Source: NHL.com
May 3 - 9:34 PM


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