Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Stars goal to help them open the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Blues on Friday night at Dallas.
Like Antoine Roussel did on his second-period goal on which Faksa had an assist, Faksa started the rush that led to his winner.
St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk tied it at 1 with 8:28 remaining in the third period with a shot from the top of the left circle after the Stars 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.
BOUDREAU FIRED: The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Bruce Boudreau, two days after the four-time Pacific Division champions’ first-round exit from the playoffs.
While announcing the move, Ducks general manager Bob Murray expressed much more anger at his players than at Boudreau, who hasn’t been able to pair postseason success with steady excellence in his two NHL jobs in Anaheim and Washington. Boudreau has won 409 regular-season games and eight division titles, but just five playoff rounds in his coaching career.
Anaheim has lost a Game 7 on home ice in four consecutive playoff years, culminating in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Predators in the first round.
CAPITALS’ WILSON FINED: The NHL fined Capitals forward Tom Wilson $2,404 for his knee-on-knee hit on the Penguins’ Conor Sheary, sparing him a suspension that could have altered the second-round playoff series against Pittsburgh.
Wilson sent Sheary to the ice with his left knee four minutes into the third period of Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 on Thursday night. Sheary hobbled to the nearby bench in pain and missed a few shifts, and Wilson was not penalized.
NORRIS FINALISTS: The Kings’ Drew Doughty, the Senators’ Erik Karlsson and the Sharks’ Brent Burns are the finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists.