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NHL Three Stars: Backes, Pavelski play heroes in Game 2

No. 1 Star: David Backes, St. Louis Blues

Backes made a nifty play on his OT game-winner, leaping over an Alex Steen shot and then tucking home the rebound. It’s his third of the playoffs, and gave the Blues a 4-3 win.

No. 2 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks captain scored a rebound goal with 2:40 left in the third period as San Jose defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2. He also assisted on Joe Thornton’s empty netter.

No. 3 Star: Cody Eakins, Dallas Stars

The Dallas center assisted on all three of their goals, including some hard work in front on Jamie Benn’s game-tying goal in the third.

Honorable Mention: Benn had a goal and an assist and leads the playoffs in points. … Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist. … Joel Edmundson scored his first playoff goal. … Ryan Johansen has goals in two straight games.  

Did You Know? Dallas outshot St. Louis 13-2 in the third period and 29-17 in regulation.

Dishonorable Mention: Kari Lehtonen was pulled after giving up three goals in the first period. … Filip Forsberg was a minus-2. … Vladimir Tarasenko was held scoreless again and was a minus-2.

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Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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