St. Louis Blues have bounced back after losing the opening match of the Western Conference finals. The guests from Missouri defeated San Jose in Game 2 with 4-2, this tying the overall result in the series at 1-1.
The teams on the ice played in waves. The Blues had a 2-0 advantage at first, but immediately after that, hosts responded and tied the score. However, Craig Berube’s boys have found the strength to overcome that push and to go home with an extremely important win.
Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues just 2:34 into the match, from the slot with a wrist shot, stunning the home team and the fans.
It was even more uncomfortable for the hosts when Vince Dunn netted less than a minute and forty seconds later, raising the lead of the guests to 2-0.
But then Logan Couture stepped on the scene and scored two goals in the span of two minutes, showing why he is probably the best attacker in these playoffs.
In the second sequence, when most of the fans hoped that Sharks endure their shorthanded play and avoid a three-goal deficit, Couture found a way to score a shorthanded goal after a breakaway. It was a display of his abilities in the best possible way. That was 4:55 into the second.
Couture posted another goal 1:59 later, sending a superb wrist shot from the face-off circle on the left side. He is at the moment the leading playoffs scorer with 13 goals.
At that point, the momentum was on Sharks’ side, but eventually, the guests managed to overcome that.
St. Louis’s defenseman Robert Bortuzzo made a nice effort avoiding rivals’ defensemen, and scoring following a backhand shot. The puck went high, hit the bar and went into the goal, 3:26 before the end of the second period.
In the final sequence, Jordan Binnington saved his Blues on a couple of occasions with big-time saves, and when San Jose became more aggressive, the Blues netted another score.
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Oscar Sundqvist beat Martin Jones with a one-time, with 3:08 left, after a pass from Alexander Steen. That one sealed the fate of the hosts.
Game 3 is at the Enterprise Center in Saint Louis, this Wednesday.
Can San Jose respond and regain the home court advantage?