Faksa carries Stars over Blues in Game 1

  • St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) stops a shot by Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) during the first period in Game 1 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Friday, April 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) LM Otero

  • Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel (21) celebrates his goal with teammate Jamie Benn (14) during the second period in Game 1 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the St. Louis Blues Friday, April 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) LM Otero

  • Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) deflects a shot during the second period in Game 1 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the St. Louis Blues Friday, April 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) LM Otero

  • St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) tangle during the first period in Game 1 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Friday, April 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) LM Otero

  • St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) and Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) skate for control of the puck during the first period in Game 1 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Friday, April 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) LM Otero

Associated Press
Published: 4/29/2016 11:59:16 PM

DALLAS – Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Dallas goal to help the Stars open the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Like Antoine Roussel did on his second-period goal, on which Faksa had an assist, Faksa started the rush that led to his winner.

Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk tied it at 1 with 8:28 left in the third period with a shot from the top of the left circle after Dallas failed to clear the puck out of the zone.

Game 2 is Sunday in the best-of-seven series matching the Western Conference’s top two teams from the regular season.

After Faksa pushed the puck up the ice, Ales Hemsky had the initial shot stopped but not secured by Brian Elliott. Faksa was there to score his second goal of the playoffs.

Along with the Western Conference’s top two teams, this is a matchup of Stars Coach Lindy Ruff and St. Louis’s Ken Hitchcock, coaches who became friends after being assistant coaches as Team Canada won gold medals in the last two Winter Olympics.

Hitchcock was coach of the Stars when the franchise won its only Stanley Cup in 1999, complete with a disputed clinching goal in triple overtime of Game 6 against Ruff’s Buffalo Sabres. They also went head-to-head in the 2006 playoffs, when the Sabres beat Hitchcock’s Philadelphia Flyers.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots, withstanding a final surge when the Blues pulled Elliott out of the net and had an extra skater the final 1:40.

Elliott, who has played all eight playoffs games for the Blues, had 40 saves.

Dallas took its initial lead midway through the second period when Roussel started a rush down the right side and then had a cross-ice pass John Klingberg before Faksa’s wrist shot from the om the left slot. Roussel was there to knock in the rebound.

It was Roussel’s second goal of the playoffs, the first one that he got a stick on the puck.

Roussel scored from behind the net in Game 2 of the first-round series against Minnesota. A puck ricocheted off a teammate’s skate and then hit Roussel’s, popping over the net and into the back of the goalie’s head before falling to the ice. The strange goal was initially waived off before being overturned following a lengthy review.




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