Sceviour gets 2, Stars knock off Blues 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Dallas Stars are trying to make a late playoff push.

Against a team battling for first place overall in the league, the Stars stepped up their game.

Colton Sceviour got the first two goals and Antoine Roussel scored on a breakaway in the third period to give the Stars a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

"This was a huge test for us," goalie Kari Lehtonen said. "One of the best teams in the league and we played last night and traveled here late, and showed up, and it was just a huge win."

Cody Eakin had a goal and assist and Lehtonen made 33 saves for the Stars, who have won four of five in pursuit of a Western Conference playoff spot.

Dallas entered the day three points out of a playoff spot before winning for the second straight night and saddling the Blues with just their sixth regulation home loss.

The Stars opened a five-game trip after beating the Predators 7-3 on Friday and won without production from their top line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin.

"I don't know if desperation is the word. That kind of sounds bad," Sceviour said. "But definitely we feel like these are games we need to win.

"This is a start and we want to build off it."

Alex Steen had a pair of power-play goals for the Blues, who had been 8-0-2 in their previous 10 at home including an overtime loss to Dallas earlier this month.

St. Louis fell one point behind Boston for first place overall in the NHL after a showing coach Ken Hitchcock labeled "sloppy."

"What we are right now is too inconsistent," Hitchcock said. "We've got too many players who are having good games and then are following it up with poor games."

"Have to send a few messages here in the next couple games and see if we can get everybody's attention."

Dallas led 1-0 and 3-1 against the Central Division leaders.

Roussel skated in alone on Ryan Miller for the clincher after the puck hopped over defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk's stick at the opposite blue line at 7:56 of the third. If the Blues had been ahead, Shattenkirk would not have been trying to hold the line.

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