DENVER – David Perron scored twice when St. Louis changed line combinations, Jordan Binington made 30 saves and the Blues beat Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Thursday night and tied their series in the second round by one game.
Jordan Kiru added a goal, and Brandon Saad sealed it with an empty net for the Blues as they rode on another starring Binnington performance. The goalkeeper of the “blues” stopped 51 shots during the defeat in overtime with a score of 3: 2 in the first game.
Binington showed his form in 2019 when as a rookie he led the Blues to the Stanley Cup champions with a score of 16-10 and 2.46 goals on average.
Gabriel Landskog scored a goal in a power game early in the third when Colorado made it 2-1. But Perron responded immediately with his seventh goal in those playoffs.
Darcy Kumper stopped 28 shots. Two missed goals were redirected from the defender’s stick.
Nathan McKinnon and Avalanche considered open ice a scarce commodity against a physical, tougher and more determined blues team.
Game 3 on Saturday in St. Louis.
Among the changes in the blues line is the combination of Pavel Buchnevich with Ryan O’Reilly and Peron.
“Move some guys to see if we can create some balance in our lines,” said Blues coach Craig Berub.
All line switches worked. Buchnevich finished with two assists.
At the end of the second period, the “blues” had a 5 – 3 advantage, when Devon Tawz was called for the combination, and Valery Nichushkin for obstructing the goalkeeper after crashing into Binington, whose stick flew.
Perron forced them to pay when his liner hit Josh Manson’s stick, who scored the OT victory in Game 1, and passed Kuemper.
Earlier in the second blow, Cyrus knocked off the stick of defender Samuel Girard and over the shoulder of Kumper.
Colorado defender Kayla Makar was shocked at the end of the first period when he fell on the ice and kicked the barbell, knocking the gate off the berths. He carefully rolled up to the bench, but returned to the ice after the intermission.
The Blues mixed up their line combinations for Game 2, but most of the early shots were inflicted by defenders. Of the 14 shots they made in the first period, eight were from defense.
Colorado has pushed out of the playoffs the last three seasons in the second round.
With his second goal in the series, Kiru joins the list of Blues players who now have five or more goals this postseason. He joins O’Reilly (six), Peron and Vladimir Tarasenko (five), giving the team the highest number of top scorers with five or more in the playoffs.
O’Reilly’s series of goals in five games in a row has been halted.
MIC’D UP MANSON
Manson was wear a microphone in Game 1 when he scored his goal in overtime. It captured all the cries as he and his teammates celebrated. Girard was one of the first to greet him.
“I didn’t really know,” Girard said of Manson’s microphone.
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