ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jordan Binington made 25 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night in Game 6 to advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored goals in the dominant second period, during which the “blues” beat Wild 22-5 and took control of the game.
Nick Lady also scored, Colton Paraika added an empty net, and David Perron gave up two assists when St. Louis won their first series after beating the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Stanley Cup final.
The “Blues” will go to Colorado, where they will meet “Avalanche” in the first game of the second round. The date and time have not yet been announced.
Matt Dambo scored a goal in the third period for Wild, who hit three bars in the game, including two in the third.
After losing games 4 and 5 and facing a mandatory win, coach Wilde Dean Evason launched Cam Talbat through Marco-Andre Fleury into the goal. Talbat, who finished the regular season 13-0-3, made 22 saves.
The Lady brought the Blues ahead 1-0 with a score of 5:01 in the first period. It was the Blues defender’s first goal in the series.
Binington helped the Blues overcome a shaky start in the first, erasing a few qualitative “wild” chances that break away from the revs. He also received help from his post on hitting Marcus Foligno.
In the middle of the second period, the Blues brought the Blues ahead 2-0. Braden Shann set up a one-time pass from behind the goal.
Bozak cleared the rebound from Alexei Taropchenko’s strike to extend St. Louis’ lead later in the second. Taropchanka created a chance by bypassing Mats Tsukarel during the race.
Tarasenko’s goal in power play with a score of 1:24 in the second became 4-0. It was his fourth goal in his last two games.
Tarasenko beat Doug Gilmore by four points after a season in the history of the Blues franchise with his hat-trick in the 5th game. Tarasenko (57 points) is one point behind Ella Makinis in third place.
FACE IN THE CROWD
The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was present at the game and participated in the excitement before the game, beating the big drum and leading the crowd to the singing of “Let’s Go Blues”. The game was also attended by other cardinals Stephen Matz, Paul Goldschmidt, Harrison Bader and Giovanni Gallegos, as well as manager Oliver Marmol.
NOTES: in each game, the Blues scored at least one goal in the power game. They went 8 on 26 in the series.
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