The Blues ended their playoff series Sunday with a dominant 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Enterprise Center. The best-of-seven game series is a tie with two wins for each team. Here’s the Blues’ post-game report after their Game Four win.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington lost no sleep after being informed by coach Craig Berube that he would be starting for the first time this postseason on Sunday.
“He’s always the same, he doesn’t give me a big reaction,” Berube said.
Instead, Binnington let his game do the talking.
Binnington made 28 saves and the Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Sunday to even win the best-of-seven Western Conference series at two games apiece.
Jordan Kyrou and David Perron each scored two goals and Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and two assists. Perron also had an assist for St. Louis.
Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy scored for Minnesota. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves.
Game 5 takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday night before returning to St. Louis for Game 6 on Thursday.
Binnington, who had lost his last nine postseason starts, clinched his first playoff win since defeating Boston in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. Late in the second half, he fended off Kaprizov from point-blank range. Binnington also stopped Mats Zuccarello in a 2-for-1 breakthrough midway through the final period.
“I felt prepared,” Binnington said. “I felt pretty good.”
Binnington was ousted by Ville Husso, who had nine goals total in games 2 and 3 with 59 shots after knocking out the Wild with 37 saves in the opener.
“You have to be prepared for whatever comes,” Binnington said. “We just have to focus on our job, whatever it is that night.”
Coach Craig Berube said he left with Binnington on a hunch.
“We wanted to make a switch and just change the momentum and the luck a bit,” said Berube.
Kyrou and Perron scored 54 seconds apart in the second period to make it 1-1.
Perron converted the go-ahead score into a shot that squeezed past Fleury towards the net. Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno tried to stop the puck from rolling over the line, but he flicked it off Fleury’s back and into the net.
Kyrou scored his second of the game to increase the lead to 3-1 with a shot from a pass by Ryan O’Reilly, who assisted on both goals in the second half.
“Obviously we wanted to come out hot and strong,” Kyrou said. “That’s what we did today and we should continue to do that throughout the series.”
Boldy reduced the deficit to 3-2 by scoring a scramble from the net 2:39 into the final section.
Perron added an empty net goal with 1:58 left and O’Reilly had a power play goal with 1 minute left to cap the goal.
St. Louis batted first when Kyrou crashed into play on his own rebound at 4:19.
Kaprizov equalized with his fifth goal in a row after a pass from Jared Spurgeon with 5:54 in the opening phase to make it 1-1.
Kaprivoz, who recorded the first hat-trick in postseason franchise history in Game 2, was wide open in the slot. His five goals joins him with Wes Walz and Marian Gaborik for most goals in a row. Walz and Gaborik each scored five goals in the 2003 Western Conference semifinals against Vancouver.
“It’s not one guy, it’s the Minnesota Wild that didn’t get to our game fast enough,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. “We did it in the third period. But it was a bit too late.”
The Blues were without defensemen Torey Krug (lower body), Nick Leddy (upper body) and Robert Bortuzzo (upper body). They also lost Marco Scandella with an injury early in the first half. Scott Perunovich made his first appearance since January 15th. Rookie Steven Santini made his playoff debut.
St. Louis D. Justin Faulk (31 mins, 10 seconds) and Colton Parayko (30:37) booked extra minutes after Scandella was injured. No other blues player surpassed the 20-minute mark
Minnesota and St. Louis are two of just four teams to make the playoffs nine times in the last 10 seasons. Pittsburgh (10 times) and Washington (9 times) round out the list
https://fox2now.com/sports/st-louis-blues/kyrou-perron-score-twice-in-5-2-win-as-blues-even-series-with-wild/ Kyrou, Perron score twice in a 5-2 win as the Blues even series with Wild