NHL Playoffs: Predators, Stars Each Win to Force Game 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Viktor Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators forced a deciding seventh game for their second straight series by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night.

Arvidsson jumped the puck between three Sharks and skated up the left side before throwing a backhander past goaltender Martin Jones.

No road team has won yet in this second-round series, and the franchise that had never forced a Game 7 until this postseason will play in its second straight with a berth in the Western Conference finals on the line. The Predators also earned their first two-day break between playoff games this postseason with Game 7 on Thursday night in San Jose.

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Colin Wilson, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville.

Logan Couture scored a power-play goal in the third for San Jose, and Chris Tierney had two goals in the first period (see full recap).

Stars hold off Blues to force Game 7
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Mattias Janmark ignited a three-goal first period and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Dallas Stars, who forced Game 7 with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Vernon Fiddler and Jason Spezza also scored for Dallas, which reclaimed home ice for the deciding game on Wednesday night despite getting outshot 37-14 with the Blues dominating the last two periods.

Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund scored for St. Louis.

Home ice has meant little, given the road team has won three in a row and four of six in the series.

Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who had played well throughout the postseason, was replaced with the Stars leading 3-0 on just seven shots at 16:49 of the first (see full recap).

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