Blues take control of play-off series, Capitals stay alive

The St. Louis Blues claimed the advantage in their NHL Stanley Cup play-off series against the Dallas Stars with a dominant 4-1 win on Saturday.

The two sides went into game five of their best-of-seven second-round series locked at 2-2, but it was the Blues who proved triumphant at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. 

Robby Fabbri put the Blues on the board exactly six minutes into the first period but Alex Goligoski tied the game less than five minutes later. 

However, the Blues took control of the game in the second period with goals from Dmitrij Jaskin and Troy Brouwer giving them a comfortable advantage. 

Paul Stastny made sure of the result in the closing stages of the third period, putting the Blues 3-2 ahead in the Western Conference series.

The Washington Capitals kept their chances of progressing to the Eastern Conference Finals alive thanks to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After winning the first game of the series, the Capitals suffered three consecutive defeats, leaving their post-season hanging by a thread. 

Alex Ovechkin scored 4:04 into the first period to give the Capitals the start they needed, but it took just three minutes for Chris Kunitz to tie the game at 1-1. 

However, just like the Blues, the Capitals did their damage in the second period, with T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams scoring to bring the series back to 3-2 in the Penguins' favour. 

The San Jose Sharks recovered from their heartbreaking triple-overtime loss against Nashville with an impressive 5-1 win over the Predators. 

Joe Pavelski found the net twice for the Sharks, along with goals Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture - both assisted by Joonas Donskoi - and a late one from Melker Karlsson. 

The Sharks went 3-2 ahead in their second-round Western Conference series, with the chance to seal their passage to the next round on Monday at the Bridgestone Arena.

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