Blues Push Stars To Brink

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2001 Playoffs

Dallas vs. St. Louis

Cory Stillman scored at 9:26 of the second overtime as the St. Louis Blues came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 for a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Stillman scored his third goal in the playoffs on a drop pass from Scott Mellanby.

"I couldn't ask for it to be in a better place to shoot it," Stillman said. "There's probably two that you'll remember when you're done and one's the first goal I ever scored, and definitely tonight."

One more victory will put the Blues to the Conference finals for the first time in 15 years.

"They have the hammer and we're the nail," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "If we could have won this game, psychologically it could have worked wonders for us."

Mike Keane and Brett Hull gave Dallas a 2-0 lead, but Blues mounted a fierce comeback cutting the Stars' lead to one goal with Jochen Hecht's second period goal.

"Coming back from a 2-0 deficit against a great team, this might have been our best game of the year," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said.

Alexander Khavanov's first career playoff goal, with 2:15 left in regulation, capped the Blues' comeback and forced overtime.

"If we can pull this thing back to our rink, we can make a series of it," Hitchcock said. "All the games are close. You have to win the close games and right now, St. Louis is doing it."

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