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That could have gone better. Plus, Boston beats Columbus in overtime to win Game 1, the NHL apologizes to Vegas for the Game 7 officiating, and more.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars had a less than ideal second round start, falling 3-2 to the St. Louis Blues. But head coach Jim Montgomery likes what he saw from his team in the loss:

“I thought we were in place for the second shots, I thought we had traffic in front of Binnington. I didn’t think it was an easy night for him,” Montgomery said. “So there was a lot of our game that I like, and there are areas we need to get better at. The physicality and intensity of the game probably wasn’t what we were doing against Nashville, and those are areas we need to get better.

The Stars might have come out with the victory if it wasn’t for Jordan Binnington, who had yet another strong game for the Blues:

“Another outstanding game. At times they had momentum and he made some unbelievable saves,” Ryan O’Reilly said. “He’s just so calm in there. I think we have to do a better job in front of him, but again, he played phenomenal tonight.”

You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s 20/20 here.


Stars Stories

Here is Jim Montgomery’s post-game comments in their entirety:

And here’s the captain, Jamie Benn:

Hard to blame Dallas for failing to score on St. Louis — they might have the best defense in the NHL:

Shapiro discusses Mats Zuccarello and more in his latest mailbag:


Around the League

A wild third period forced the other playoff game into overtime, where the Boston Bruins scored to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2:

Jack Hughes is playing at the U18 tournament, and boy, is he turning heads:

I’m sure this will make the Vegas Golden Knights feel all better, right?

Furthermore, the referees who made the call just so happen to be among those not officiating for the remainder of the playoffs:

The results are in: this first round was wack.

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is taking responsibility for the Maple Leafs’ shortcomings this season. So what changes might be on the way?


Finally...

Still bummed out about last night? Here’s something to cheer you up: