Cody Eakin Scores in OT, Stars Beat Blues 3-2 to Tie Series

Cody Eakin scored at 2:58 of overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Thursday night, bouncing back from a blowout loss two days earlier to tie the second-round series at two games apiece.

Patrick Sharp set up the winner and also scored for the Stars, coming off a 6-1 loss in Game 3. Rookie Radek Faksa had the other goal.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth goal of the playoffs on a first-period breakaway and added an assist for Sty. Louis, giving him five points in the last two games. Paul Stastny also scored off a deflection from Tarasenko.

Game 5 is Saturday in Dallas.

Eakin has a goal and seven assists in the postseason. He beat Brian Elliott on a 3-on-2 break after the Blues pressured goalie Kari Lehtonen on the opposite end.

The Stars are 1-2 in overtime in the playoffs and the Blues are 2-2.

Tarasenko's goal was an exception to the rule in a tight-checking first period. Somehow he found the defense napping and scored his 16th career goal in 24 playoff games, beating Lehtonen between the pads.

The Stars looked worse on the play given they had six men on the ice, an infraction that went undetected.

Faksa, who had the deciding goal in the Stars' Game 1 victory, tied it on an unassisted goal off a giveaway by fellow rookie Joel Edmundson. Sharp had a tap-in for his first point of the series on a power play off an assist by Jamie Benn, giving the Stars two goals in 1:09 and the lead.

They'd been 0 for 12 with the man advantage before Sharp's fourth of the playoffs overall.

Edmundson played sparingly the rest of the period, totaling 2:38 in four shifts.

Stastny's first goal of the playoffs on a deflection from Tarasenko tied it on a 4-on-3 power play at 13:06 of the second.

NOTES: Tarasenko leads the Blues with 11 points in the postseason. ... F Colton Sceviour, who scored the Stars' lone goal in Game 3, was among their scratches along with F Curtis McKenzie, who was pummeled by Ryan Reaves late in Game 3. Brett Richie played for the first time in the postseason, and Valeri Nichushkin played in his seventh game. ... The Blues have been outscored 14-7 in the second period in the playoffs. ... Several Cardinals players attended the game, including Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez. ... The Blues raised funds from a 50-50 raffle for victims of the Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfires. ... Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has 82 playoff victories, tied with Mike Babcock and Toe Blake for ninth on the career list.

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