Brett Hull scored with eight minutes left as St. Louis rallied with four goals in the third period Saturday night to post a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, enabling the Blues to even the Norris Division playoff series at a game apiece.
The best-of-seven series will move to Detroit's Joe Louis Arena for Game 3 on Monday night.Hull, who led the NHL with 86 goals in the regular season, notched his third of the playoffs with eight minutes to go, blasting a slap shot past Detroit goalie Tim Cheveldae to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead.
Rich Sutter scored an empty net goal with 36 seconds left, giving the Blues the final 4-2 margin.
Adam Oates had three assists for the Blues while Bob Probert and Yves Racine scored the Detroit goals.
The game was halted for several minutes with 5:02 left when Probert knocked down St. Louis goaltender Vincent Riendeau with a left hook to the jaw after he slashed Garth Butcher and Riendeau gestured the incident to the referee. While the game was stopped fans littered the ice with debris but Riendeau recovered and finished the game.
The Blues tied the score 2-2 with a power-play goal at 6:46 of the third period when Dan Quinn put in a backhander from the slot.
St. Louis closed to 2-1, 5:28 into the third period on Jeff Brown's goal. Brown scored on a slap shot from the top of the right circle.
The Blues carried the play in the second period, outshooting the Red Wings 13-5 but were unable to score.
Detroit had a two-man advantage for 47 seconds at 8:30 of the first period and capitalized when Racine scored at 9:08. Racine fired a slap shot from the top of the right circle and it trickled in between Riendeau's pads for the power-play goal.
Flames 3, Oilers 1
At Calgary, Alberta, Gary Suter scored a first-period power play goal and the Calgary Flames went on to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night to tie their NHL playoff series at a game apiece.
The best-of-7 Smythe semifinals continues with Games 3 and 4 in Edmonton on Monday and Wednesday. The teams return to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday.
Blackhawks 5, North Stars 2
At Chicago, Warren Rychel, playing in the third NHL game of his career, scored a goal and assisted on two others and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota North Stars in the Norris Division playoffs.
The result evened the best-of-7 semifinal series at 1-1 and sent it back to Minneapolis for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.