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Rapid Reaction: Tarasenko tricks Wild

The Blues got an offensive jolt from Vladimir Tarasenko's thee-goal performance to beat the Wild 4-1 and even their playoff series.

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Craig Custance writes that despite interest from fans and NHL GMs, Gary Bettman is uninterested in chaning the points system. Plus, mailbag!

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W2W4: Jets at Ducks, Game 2

Expect another hard-hitting, physical affair as the Jets try to steal a game in Anaheim before the series moves to Winnipeg.

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Capitals rise to challenge to even series

Staring into a giant playoff pit in Game 2 against the Islanders, the Capitals did not flinch, and instead grew stronger and more steadfast.

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Megagraphic: Stanley Cup, by the numbers

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Levy and Melrose: Stanley Cup playoffs are the best (2:21)

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Blues needed Tarasenko to go big
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St. Louis needed Vladimir Tarasenko to have a strong showing today and he did. ESPN's Barry Melrose described the star as "all world" and "fantastic," but sees this series going the full seven games.

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Anaheim Ducks @anaheimducks

So close and yet so far away. We can't wait to see these bad boys waving tonight. #LetsGoDucks #OurHouseOurTeam #PaintItOrange

Final: Blues 4, Wild 1
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Vladimir Tarasenko had a hat trick that fired up the home crowd and Minnesota couldn't catch up. Series is tied 1-1. Box score

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St. Louis takes 3-1 lead

Patrik Berglund scores his fifth career playoff goal to give the Blues a two-goal lead with less than two minutes left. Follow live

Final: Lightning 5, Red Wings 1

Ben Bishop gets 24 saves and his first postseason win largely thanks to his team peppering Detroit's net with five goals. The Red Wings and Lightning are now tied 1-1 in the series. Box score

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NHL announces $50,000 fine for Flames coach Bob Hartley for incident in Friday's game. Deryk Engelland's game misconduct has been rescinded

Tampa getting goals
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Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek was pulled after giving up four goals but it didn't get much better with Jimmy Howard in net. Valtteri Filppula put the Lightning's fifth goal in the net. Detroit's enjoying the last moments of its 1-0 series lead. Follow live

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Detroit gets on the board
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Tomas Tatar gets the Red Wings' first goal of the game in the third. The Lightning have a 4-1 lead. Follow live

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Blues lead 2-0 after two
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Vladimir Tarasenko has turned it up in Game 2, he has the only two goals. The Blues are looking to even up the series with the Wild up at 1-1. Follow live

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Johnson scores again, Lightning up 4-0
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Tyler Johnson notches his second goal of the day to make a rough second period for Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek even worse. Detroit has a 1-0 series lead. Follow live

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Lightning takes 3-0 lead
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Andrej Sustr got into the scoring fun and gave Tampa a 3-0 lead late in the second. It's his first goal of his playoff career. Follow live

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Lightning strikes for second time

Alex Killorn slipped the puck past Petr Mrazek's skate to give Tampa a 2-0 lead in Game 2. The Red Wings lead the series 1-0. Follow live

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Tampa trainer Mike Poirier checking Stamkos on the bench after he's shaken up in the corner. Appears to be fine.