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Get your game notes: Blackhawks at Blues

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the St. Louis Blues hosting the Chicago Blackhawks starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Through four games of this series, the Blackhawks and Blues have played 57:33 of overtime hockey spread out over three games (40:26 in Game 1, 5:50 in Game 2, 11:17 in Game 4). That is the most overtime hockey that either club has ever played in a first-round playoff series.

• In Game 4, Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane recorded his third-career postseason overtime winner, tied for first in franchise history (Jeremy Roenick). At 25 years, 155 days, Kane became the sixth-youngest player in NHL history to score three postseason OT goals. The only players to score their third career postseason overtime goal at a younger age than Kane were Danny Gare (21 years, 334 days), Devin Setoguchi (24 years, 123 days), Dale Hunter (24 years, 266 days), Mel Hill (25 years, 46 days) and Mike Bossy (25 years, 106 days). Elias Sports Bureau

• Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko missed the final 15 games of the regular season after undergoing hand surgery on Mar. 21, and his playing status for the first round was questionable. However, the 22-year-old Russian has scored in three of the four games this series, and in Game 4, he recorded his first career multi-goal postseason game and now leads all NHL players with four goals this playoffs.

• Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, the reigning Selke Trophy winner and a finalist for the award this season (with Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles’s Anze Kopitar) has five points (one goal, four assists) in the series after missing the final six games of the regular season with an upper body injury. He leads all NHL players this postseason in faceoffs won (68) and has been on the ice for eight of 12 Chicago goals (tied for the team high, with linemate Brandon Saad).

• Of the NHL’s top six players in average ice time this postseason, four come from the Chicago-St. Louis series. One is Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, who will be serving the third and final game of his three-game suspension for his hit to the head of Blues captain David Backes in Game 2. Two others, the Blues’ Alex Pietrangelo and Hawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson, are also tied for the league lead in blocked shots, with Columbus’s Jack Johnson.

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• Blues center David Backes, who is questionable for Game 5 (upper body injury), has missed 13 total games since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Five of those – the final three games of the 2013-14 regular season and Games 3 and 4 of this series – have come since Apr. 10. During that span, the Blues have struggled, both in terms of record (0-5) and scoring (1.00 goals/game and shut out three times).

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Talk about a Wild comeback for Minnesota

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The Minnesota Wild took back sole possession of the lead in the Central Division, thanks to a thrilling comeback win over the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Minnesota trailed 3-1 early in the second period. Jason Zucker closed the deficit in the middle period, before they took the lead for good thanks to a frenzy of three goals from Erik Haula, Ryan Suter and Zucker in 1:59 late in regulation for a 5-3 victory.

“When we came in in between the second and third, knowing we were only down a goal, and knowing our history, we didn’t think we were out of it,” said coach Bruce Boudreau, per the Pioneer Press.

And so the Wild remain one of the hottest teams in the league, leading Chicago by two points.

While it’s a comeback for them, the Ducks don’t quite see it the same way.

“It’s not what they did, to be honest. We self-imploded. Gave up too many opportunities, left our goalie out to dry,” said Cam Fowler.

Additional bad news for the Ducks, however, was that goalie John Gibson left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury, and didn’t return.

 

Bust a move: Capitals win includes unlikely OT hero and dad’s dancing in Dallas

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The usual suspects contributed for the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Down a pair of goals entering the third period, Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie helped ignite the comeback on the power play.

But then an unlikely hero emerged.

Jay Beagle scored his 10th goal of the season and the overtime winner to give Washington a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. That aforementioned goal total matches his previous career high from two seasons ago.

He initially accomplished the feat over the course of 62 games. This time, he hits 10 goals in 46 games played.

Officials needed to review the play, although replays quickly showed the puck over the line from the Beagle shot in the slot.

The comeback win led to a memorable post-game celebration.

Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home.

The Capitals maintain their lead in the Metropolitan Division ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This game versus the Stars included some feisty moments, particularly in the first period when tempers boiled over. Tom Wilson and Brett Ritchie dropped the gloves for a lengthy fight. Three seconds later, Daniel Winnik fought Antoine Roussel.

Ducks goalie Gibson leaves game versus Wild with upper-body injury

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks in action during the preseason NHL game against Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Anaheim goaltender John Gibson has left Saturday’s game against Minnesota with an upper-body injury.

A short-angle shot from Mikko Koivu appeared to hit Gibson in the upper chest with 5:39 to play in the first period. The goaltender immediately went down on one knee and was quickly attended to by a trainer. Gibson gingerly skated to the bench and went straight to the locker room.

Anaheim announced that Gibson is doubtful to return.

Gibson is 7-1-1 with two shutouts in his past nine starts. He was replaced by Jonathan Bernier.

Gibson stopped four of five shots he faced while making his fourth straight start.

Playoff hopes take a jolt: Coyotes crush Bishop and the Bolts

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning tends net against the New York Islanders during the second period at the Barclays Center on November 1, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Of the surprises in the NHL so far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has to be right up there on the list.

In 2015, they went to the Stanley Cup Final. The future had looked bright, but this signified the Bolts’ arrival into the top tier of teams in the league. Last season, they made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final and lost to the eventual champions from Pittsburgh. That was a playoff run that did not include Steven Stamkos until the deciding game of the East final.

This year? The Bolts are currently not in a playoff position. They’ve had issues defensively. They’ve had issues on offense. They’ve had issues with goaltending. They’ve dealt with injuries or illness to key players like Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, and other important members of their lineup.

Looking to gain ground in the playoff chase, the Bolts had what looked to be the perfect opponent to mend their troubles — at least for one game. On Saturday, Tampa Bay faced the Arizona Coyotes, losers of four in a row and sitting above only Colorado in the Western Conference standings.

The perfect remedy, right?

Wrong. So wrong.

The Bolts lost 5-3, mostly because of a disastrous opening two periods. Ben Bishop started and was pulled after 40 minutes, allowing five goals on 17 shots.

Down a goal after the first period, things went south for the Bolts in the middle period. The Coyotes — one of only two teams in the entire league still stuck under 100 goals-for entering this game — beat Bishop for three goals on just nine shots in the second.

The Bolts are dead last in the Atlantic Division, five points back of third-place Boston. They are four points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot, but there are seven teams ahead of Tampa Bay in that race.

There is still lots of time left in the season. But the Bolts had stressed the importance and urgency needed on this current six-game road trip, and they haven’t delivered.

A loss to the Coyotes would certainly seem like rock bottom.