Blues look to avoid 0-2 deficit against Stars


AP
3:40 p.m. EDT April 30, 2016

The top-seeded Dallas Stars have cleaned up their act after that frantic finish in the first round.

Now the St. Louis Blues, already down a game in their second-round series matching the Western Conference’s top two teams, have to do the same. They have to get past their thrilling seven-game opening series against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“We can’t have that excuse in Game 2,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We are going to have to find a different energy, but we are going to have to really simplify our game in a better way.”

After a 2-1 loss in the opener at Dallas, the Blues had only a day to get ready for Game 2 on Sunday (3 p.m. EDT, NBC).

“We weren’t as good as we were against Chicago, and that’s on us,” Blues captain David Backes said. “That’s on me to start and have guys going in the right direction.”

Five days after their frenzied finish in their Game 6 clincher at Minnesota when they won 5-4 after taking a 4-0 lead into the third period, the Stars had a postseason-high 42 shots on goal in Game 1 against the Blues. Kari Lehtonen, the goalie in net to open both series, had 31 saves.

“The only thing…

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