Here's a recap of Monday night's action (check out replays of every playoff game on ESPN+) and what to watch for Tuesday night, in today's edition of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily:
About last night ...
Game 3: St. Louis Blues 4, Dallas Stars 3 (Blues lead series 2-1) Just as the Stars had taken over home-ice advantage in this series, they let it slip away. And just as the Blues looked like they were going to let this game slip away, they bounced back with resiliency. The third period was symbolic, but mainly just wild, with a four-goal outburst occurring in a five-minute stretch.
It was the Blues who prevailed -- despite three rallies from the Stars -- as Patrick Maroon scored the game winner with 1:38 left (about two minutes after Tyler Seguin had tied it up ... again). The Blues have been road warriors this postseason, going 4-0, and all in one-goal games. We have a feeling this series has plenty of more twists in store.
There have been plenty of "local boy comes home, does good" moments in these playoffs (see: John Tavares, Charlie Coyle), and Monday night belonged to Maroon. After joining his hometown team at a discount last summer, Maroon scored the game-winning goal with 1:38 remaining.
If Maroon didn't play spoiler, Seguin could have been the hero Monday. His game-tying goal with 4:08 remaining sent the crowd into a frenzy. The top line was once again terrific in this game; they've now combined for 10 goals and 56 high-danger chances in these playoffs.
After finishing the season with just 0.16 goals per game (the second-lowest rate of his career), Schwartz bounced back in a big way in these playoffs. The team leader in goals (six) is averaging 0.67 per game, including the opening tally Monday. And once again, Schwartz responded positively to a lineup change.
Jaden Schwartz has six goals in nine post-season games after scoring 11 in the regular season. pic.twitter.com/i8tigIpFmo
- Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 30, 2019
Play of the night
A periodic reminder that Jason Spezza still has it. Look at this setup.
- Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 30, 2019
Dud of the night
We'll just leave this here.
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME!!! pic.twitter.com/CfcvwcZVAK
- Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 30, 2019
On the schedule
When fans show up at Nationwide Arena, they will receive free shirts that say: First-round victory is not the goal. That's the mantra for the Blue Jackets, who are hosting their first second-round game in franchise history. Columbus comes in with momentum after rediscovering its offense and taking home-ice advantage away from the Bruins. It sounds like Bruce Cassidy is mixing up Boston's lines again; David Pastrnak could start to get going once he's on the third line with red-hot Charlie Coyle (and facing off against bottom-six defensemen).
Nathan MacKinnon is arguably the most dominant forward remaining in these playoffs. The top center has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past six. Linemate Mikko Rantanen also is riding a six-game point streak. As the series shifts to Colorado, the Sharks no longer get the last change and the chance to match up Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic against them. San Jose is still likely playing short-handed, as it's unclear when captain Joe Pavelski will return to the lineup.
Social post of the day
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- Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) April 30, 2019
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- St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 30, 2019