The Blues came into Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead over the Stars.
The Stars decided to change things up and split up the dynamic duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on separate lines.
Jason Dickinson goes in on Seguin’s left, in place of Benn, and Mats Zuccarello goes to Seguin’s right for the first line. The second line would consist of rookie center, Roope Hintz, with Benn on his left and Alexander Radulov on his right.
Blues Strike First (Again) and Early
Vladimir Tarasenko would get the game going with a rocket of a shot past Ben Bishop just 5:02 into the first period.
Jason Dickinson was found guilty of a high-sticking infraction and was sent to the penalty box for 2 minutes, but it only took 18 seconds of this powerplay for Tarasenko to find the back of the net.
The puck would just squeak past Ben Bishop and it was 1-0 St. Louis.
Stars Respond With 2 of Their Own In the 1st Period
Mats Zuccarello got the play started when he received the puck at the point and gave a quick flick of the puck towards the net. This shot would miss the net, bounce off the end boards, and end up on the stick of Tyler Seguin, who then backhands a pass to the front to Dickinson near by.
Dickinson was able to take it and tuck the puck past a sprawling Bennington to tie the game at 1.
The Blues found their own way into the penalty box with an interference penalty on Tyler Bozak, giving the Stars the powerplay chance they had been waiting for.
The Stars were successfully moving the puck all around the Blues defensive end trying to find the open shooting lane.
An opportunity arose for Esa Lindell to shoot on net, but it was deflected wide of Binnington.
Radulov picked it up from the side of the net and just manages to get a pass off to veteran Jason Spezza who delivers a speeding bullet of a shot past the Blues netminder.
The Stars would take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission while outshooting the Blues 12-8 in the period.
Stars Continue Lead Rising to the 2nd Period
About halfway through the second period of play, the Stars would force a turnover at center ice, courtesy of some good back-checking by Dickinson, and Zuccarello would pick it up and start the play the other way.
He chipped ahead to Seguin, who would carry the puck into the zone and make a cut backwards to avoid getting caught up with a Blues defenseman. He would then find an open passing lane to fellow alternate captain John Klingberg, who places his shot high blocker side past Bennington.
With 2:32 to go in the second, the Stars take the puck back around their own blue line and start the charge towards the St. Louis net. Radulov would pass it over to Captain Jamie Benn on the right side.
Benn, carrying the puck in, saw that Roope Hintz was breaking towards the net, giving way to a perfect pass across the slot. Making no mistake, Hintz would bring it home, making the score 4-1 towards the end of the second period.
The Stars would outshoot the Blues in the second period 14-9 with 2 penalties for each side.
Blues Dominate the 3rd, But Bishop Stood Tall
The third period consisted of many scoring opportunities for the St. Louis Blues to try to come back into the game.
The shot count in the third was pretty one sided, 12-5, in favor of the Blues. Stars Ben Bishop would stop 11-12 of the shots sent his way in the 3rd. The one that beat him was young Robert Thomas. Alex Pietrangelo took shot from the point that was redirected aside by Bishop.
The rebound found itself to Bishop’s right, Thomas would pick it up, go towards the net, and snipe it off of the post and in. But this would prove to be too little, too late for the Blues. Shot total in this 4-2 Dallas Stars victory was 31-29 in favor of Dallas.
Game 5 is going to be on Friday at 8:30 back in St. Louis.