Saturday, March 25, 2023

Binnington makes 25 saves, Blues win 5-1, eliminates Wilds

scheduled tribe. LOUIS ( Associated Press) – Jordan Binnington made 25 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 to advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs in Game 6.

Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a key second period, during which the Blues defeated Wilde 22–5 and took control of the game.

Nick Leidy also scored, Colton Parayko added a blank-netter and David Perron had two assists as St. Louis won their first series since defeating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.

The Blues would travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche in Game 1 of the second round. The date and time have not been announced yet.

Matt Dumba scored in the third period for Wilde, hitting three positions in the game, including two in the third.

After losing games 4 and 5 and facing a win, Wilde coach Dean Ivson introduced Cam Talbot on Marc-Andre Fleury in the goal. Talbot, who ended the regular season on 13-0-3, made 22 saves.

The Lady gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 5:01 in the first period. It was the first goal in the series by a Blues defenseman.

Binnington helped the Blues recover from a shaky start at first by erasing many quality wild chances that came from the turnover. His post on Marcus Foligno’s shot also helped him.

O’Reilly’s power-play goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead in the middle of the second period. Brayden Shannon sets up a one-timer from the slot with a perfect pass from the back of the net.

Bozak cleared a rebound with a shot from Alexei Toropchenko and later extended St. Louis’ advantage in the second. Toropchenko created a chance by driving around the net while driving around Matt Zucarello.

Tarasenko’s power-play goal was 1:24 seconds away and he made it 4-0. It was his fourth goal in the last two matches.

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Tarasenko surpassed Doug Gilmour for the fourth-most post-season points in Blues franchise history with his hat-trick in Game 5. Tarasenko (57 points) is one point shy of third-place Al McInnis.

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright attended the game and participated in pregame promotion by beating a large drum and leading the crowd to the “Let’s Go Blues” chant. Fellow Cardinals Steven Metz, Paul Goldschmidt, Harrison Bader and Giovanni Gallegos and manager Oliver Marmol also participated in the game.

Notes: The Blues had at least one Power-play goal in each game. He took 8 wickets for 26 runs in the series.


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