DENVER (AP) – Between the combinations of new lines and wrinkles – using five strikers in a power game – there was one big St. Louis constant: Jordan Bennington.
Excellent in goal again.
David Peron He scored two goals while St. Louis manipulated his attacking doubles, Bennington saved 30 times and the Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Thursday night to tie in the second round in one game.
Jordan Kero added a goal and Brandon Saad He stamped it with a blank net for the Blues, who rode another great performance from Bennington. The Blues goalkeeper stopped 51 shots during a 3-2 overtime loss in Match 1.
Binnington showed his level in 2019, when he led the Blues to the Stanley Cup title with 16-10 and 2.46 goals-to-average.
This was also his 20th win in the playoff match. There are only two other goalkeepers with the same number of post-season wins as him since 2019 – Andrei Vasilevsky (40-21) and Touka your head (22-16), according to NHL Stats.
“We played a game of connected hockey,” Bennington said. “We talked about just controlling the disk and tracking it hard and trying to outpace them all over the ice. We did a great job.”
Gabriel Landskog He scored in a strong game early in the third for Colorado to make it 2-1. But Peron responded to the right-back with his seventh goal in these qualifiers.
Darcy Comber 28 rounds stopped. Two of the targets he allowed were redirected from the Defender’s stick.
The difference in the game was as follows: Nathan McKinnon Avalanche found open ice a rare commodity versus the rigorously vetted and more determined physical blues team.
“We didn’t make the jump tonight,” McKinnon said. “Our execution stopped. Yes, I just didn’t feel like it, just fought there. It’s a pity, but it’s 1-1.”
The third game is on Saturday in St. Louis.
Among the changes the blues made was pairing Pavel Buchnevich With Ryan O’Reilly and Byron. Buchnevich finished with two passes.
“We did some good plays,” Peron said. “We also think we can be better, which is a good sign.”
The Blues had a 5-on-3 advantage late in the second period when Devon Toze He was summoned to stumble and Valery Neshushkin For the goalkeeper’s intervention after colliding with Bennington, whose baton went off. The Blues went with five strikers in play.
Peron made them pay when the lining slipped off a stick Josh Manson – Who scored an OT winner in Game 1 – and surpassed Kuemper.
Earlier in the second half, Kiro’s shot hit the defender’s stick Samuel Gerrard And on Comber’s shoulder.
“This is the playoff for you – the big roller coaster,” Peron said. “Obviously we didn’t feel good about ourselves in the last game. We might have had two or three players who played good games. That was it. And tonight we had a lot of players and it was important to find a way to win one here on the road.”
Colorado Defenseman Cal Makar She was shaken late in the first period when he fell on the ice and hit his leg on the post, knocking the net off the anchors. He skated very carefully on the bench, but returned on the ice after the break.
This remains a cloud hanging over the avalanche: They’ve been kicked out of the playoffs in the past three seasons in the second round.
“It’s one match,” said Avalanche coach Jared Bednar. “We knew this was going to be a long and difficult streak. They replied… Now, the burden is on us.”
With his second goal of the series, Kyrou joins the list of blues players who now have five or more goals this season. Joins O’Reilly (six), Perron and Vladimir Tarasenko (five), giving the team the highest scorer with five or more in the playoffs.
O’Reilly’s streak of goals has been halted in five consecutive games.
McKinnon and Miko Rantanen He got a goal assist in Landeskog. It’s the thirteenth time that all three have been factored in the same qualifying goal. This is the second-most of the three teammates in franchise history, after only 14 of Peter Forsberg, Valerie Kaminsky and Claude Lemieux.
MAKE UP MANSON
Manson was wearing a microphone in Game 1 when he scored his goal in overtime. All the screams captured as he and his teammates celebrated. Gerrard was one of the first to receive him.
“I really didn’t know,” Gerrard said of Manson’s mic.
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