The Saint Louis Blues bounced back after a suffering massive injustice in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. They beat San Jose Sharks with 2-1 this Friday, and tied the score in the series at 2-2.
Craig Berube’s team jumped the Sharks early in the game, created a two-goal advantage and kept it until the end of the game. That is Jordan Binnington kept it. The Blues’ goalkeeper was excellent today, denying almost every effort the Sharks made in order to score.
After just 35 seconds of the match, the home team netted. Ivan Barbashev’s shot from the left face-off circle struck into Gustav Nyquist, changing its path. Martin Jones couldn’t reach it, and the puck ended up behind his back. A furious start for the Blues, and the best possible way to enter the game.
The balance on the ice was regained soon, but the Blues once again managed to shock the guests from California. With 2:07 left in the opening period, Tyler Bozak double their lead. It came off a powerplay. It was only their second in 21 chances they had during this series. Both of them came at the Enterprise Center in Game 3 and 4.
The second period was all about Binnington who had 11 of his 29 saves in that period. For the rookie goalie, this was one of the best performances in the playoffs, and he became only the only goaltender in franchise history with 10 or more wins during one playoff run.
Binnington also became the 10th rookie goalie in the history of the league who had 10 wins during his first playoff appearances.
Sharks’ attacks did result in a goal. Tomas Hertl scored at 6:48 of the final period. Binnington saved Brent Burns’ shot, but the puck deflected right in front of Hertl who quickly sent a one-timer from the left circle.
Nothing important took place until the end of the match, and the Blues avoided a tough situation they would end up in if they lost this match.
The teams are now heading for San Jose. Game 5 will be played this Sunday at the SAP Center. The start is at 6 p.m. local time.