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    • Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

      CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

      Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal.

      Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

      Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.

    • Stars even with Ducks after 4-2 win in Game 4

      DALLAS (AP) The young Dallas Stars keep overcoming early 2-0 deficits. With their latest comeback in Game 4, they are now even with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks.

      Down in the series after losing the first two games in Anaheim, the Stars trailed by two goals in the first period Wednesday night before captain Jaime Benn started the comeback with an unassisted goal off a faceoff. Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski later scored on Dallas’ first two shots in the third period for a 4-2 victory.

      “We’ve done that a lot and it’s not something we like to do. Whether it’s the start of games or obviously the start of the series,” Eakin said. “Our captain kind of ignited us. And we started skating and playing the way we wanted to.”

      While the Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to win a playoff game for the first time in 10 years, Anaheim heads home for Game 5 with uncertainty about captain Ryan Getzlaf and questions about who will be in net Friday night.

      Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands. His go-ahead goal with 13:38 left came before Goligoski scored on the Stars’ next shot only 1:22 later, making it 4-2 and prompting the Ducks to pull rookie goalie Frederik Andersen.

      “When you get the one goal and people start going crazy, it makes it easier to get the next one and the next one and just keep battling,” said Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 21 shots. “And we were lucky to get those goals. It’s not easy to score four straight against that team.”

      Getzlaf was a surprise late scratch for Game 4 with an unspecified upper-body injury, and coach Bruce Boudreau would only say it was “a previous injury aggravated.” What the coach refused to say was if it was related to the puck Getzlaf took the face in the series opener before playing Games 2 and 3 with a half-cage to protect the stitches just below his mouth.

      Even without Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, the 43-year-old franchise playoff leader who was a healthy scratch, the Ducks led 2-0 in the first period.

      Bryan Allen scored on a shot from just inside the blue line, and Patrick Maroon knocked in the puck shot by Matthieu Perreault that hit Lehtonen’s glove and fell over the goalie’s shoulder behind him.

      But only 27 seconds into the second period, Benn scored when he gathered the puck after a faceoff and quickly shot. About 6 minutes later, Vernon Fiddler managed to get the puck in a small gap between the post and Andersen to tie it at 2.

      Just like Game 3, after which the Ducks insisted that the Stars went over their line with their over-aggressive approach, there were plenty of scrums Wednesday night.

      With 2:10 left, Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Antoine Roussel got in some big blows before being separated and given 5-minute majors for fighting. It was Roussel who punched Getzlaf in the previous game.

      There were also five 10-minute misconduct penalties in that closing stretch, and referees had to separate several groups of players when the game ended.

      “That’s the type of stuff that’s their pushback, it’s our pushback,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I really feel like we’re in a playoff series now.”

      Andersen was pulled in favor of Jonas Hiller, the veteran who won 29 games during the Ducks’ best regular season in franchise history before a late slump that left him on the bench. Hiller faced only one shot in his 10 1/2 minutes, and Boudreau said he would discuss the goalie situation with his assistants before deciding who starts Friday night.

      “I felt a little bit off. It was a shock on the first one, and the second one snuck by me. I was expecting (Fiddler) to pass,” Andersen said. “They came out of nowhere in the second. We weren’t ready for their push.”

      NOTES: The series returns Sunday to the American Airlines Center for Game 6. … Benn and Fiddler each had a goal and an assist. Benn has three goals and two assists in the series, and has scored in every game. … Lehtonen was 0-4 in postseason games before the Stars won 3-0 Monday, and stopped 58 of 60 shots in the two home games.

    • Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

      COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

      The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise’s 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

      Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But Ryan Johansen and Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, making only its second postseason trip.

      It was the fourth time in the series that the team that scored first – and also went on to hold a 3-1 lead – lost.

      With the Penguins hanging on to a 3-2 lead in the third period, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a big save on Matt Calvert’s second shot in a flurry. Calvert later got behind Brooks Orpik on a breakaway and his forehand clanged off the crossbar, setting off a loud groan in the arena.

      But Fleury was the culprit when he went behind the cage to handle Jack Johnson’s pass around the boards in the final minute. He whiffed trying to handle the puck and was stuck out of position, allowing Johansen to slide a centering pass through the crease where Dubinsky netted it with 22.5 seconds left.

      What followed was the loudest sound heard in the Blue Jackets’ mostly dismal 13 seasons.

      In the overtime, the Blue Jackets had the best of it – as they had for all but the start.

      Foligno carried the puck through the neutral zone and was just across the blue line when he fired a low wrister that he tucked under Fleury’s glove. As the players piled on top of Foligno, the crowd went crazy.

      Fleury had been brilliant throughout the third period, finishing with 42 saves. His Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, also was spectacular at times with 22 saves.

      The Penguins rolled to a quick 3-0 lead and ended up with a dreaded 3-1 lead after a period – and once again it vanished.

      Just 11 seconds after Jussi Jokinen was called for hooking, the Penguins took advantage of a James Wisniewski turnover near the blue line with Brandon Sutter carrying the puck through the neutral zone on a 2-on-1 break with Adams. Sutter flipped a backhander to Adams, whose rising shot from the right circle beat Bobrovsky high on the stick side at the 6:09 mark.

      Pittsburgh quieted a loud capacity crowd with two goals in the span of 33 seconds in the middle of the opening period.

      While on the power play after Derek MacKenzie went off for roughing, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Niskanen’s rocket from the right point was redirected by Kunitz.

      Before the details of that goal could be announced, the Penguins won another faceoff in the offensive zone and Jokinen then beat the Blue Jackets’ R.J. Umberger to a loose puck. He tapped the puck with his outstretched stick toward the right hash mark where Neal unloaded a hard one-timer past Bobrovsky.

      It was the first goals of the series for Adams, Kunitz and Neal, who combined for 67 goals in the regular season.

      The Blue Jackets played well to close out the period. Their kill unit held off the Penguins on just over a minute of 5 on 3 and killed off two more penalties.

      Then at the 16:39 mark, former Penguin Mark Letestu’s shot from the high slot was tipped in by Jenner, who had his back to Fleury as he muscled the puck past him.

      Columbus dominated the second period, scoring the only goal and outshooting the Penguins 18-6.

      A double-minor penalty on Lee Stempniak for high sticking eventually led to the Blue Jackets scoring again, this time with a two-man advantage. The Penguins killed the first 2 minutes of the 4-minute penalty, but picked up another minor penalty when Sutter was called for delay of game. From low on the right wing, Brandon Dubinsky slid a centering pass that Artem Anisimov was able to deflect toward the goal line, with Johansen jamming in the loose puck at the 14:20 mark.

      On yet another power play with just 5 seconds left in the period, the Blue Jackets almost got the tying goal but the puck bounced over Cam Atkinson’s stick when he had a wide open net.

      From the time the Penguins built their 3-0 lead until the end of the second period, they were outshot 25-8.

      Notes: The NHL announced earlier Wednesday that Game 5 will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. … Columbus was without rookie D Ryan Murray, who was wearing a boot after being hit with a puck in practice. Veteran Nick Schultz took his spot. … Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said he was hopeful C Marcel Goc (ankle) may be able to play in the series. … Likely NHL MVP Crosby has not scored a goal in his last nine playoff games and Evgeni Malkin hasn’t found the net in his last eight.

      Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP

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