Jordan Binnington makes 25 saves, the Blues win and eliminate Wild
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Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a dominant second bout during which the Blues overcame the Wild 22-5 and took control of the game.
Nick Leddy also scored, Colton Parayko added an empty net and David Perron had two assists when St. Louis won their first streak since defeating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final in 2019.
The Blues will travel to Colorado to face Avalanche in Game 1 of the second round. The date and time had not yet been announced.
Matt Dumba scored in the third period for the Wilds, who hit three posts in the game, including two in the third.
After losing races 4 and 5 and facing an unmissable victory, Wild manager Dean Evason fielded Cam Talbot on Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, who finished the regular season with a 13-0-3 run, made 22 saves.
Leddy gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 5:01 left in the first period. It was the first goal of a Blues defender in the series.
Binnington helped the Blues get through a shaky start in the first, obliterating several quality Wild chances coming from turnovers. He also got help from his post on Marcus Foligno’s shooting.
O’Reilly’s power-play goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Brayden Schenn set the burden from the slot with a perfect pass from behind the net.
Bozak cleared a rebound on an Alexei Toropchenko shot to extend the St. Louis lead later in the second. Toropchenko creates the opportunity by bypassing Mats Zuccarello as he leads to the net.
Tarasenko’s power-play goal with 1:24 remaining in the second led to the 4-0. It was his fourth goal in the last two games.
TO GO UP
Tarasenko overtook Doug Gilmour for the fourth most post-season points in the history of the Blues franchise with his hat-trick in Game 5. Tarasenko (57 points) is one point short of equalizing Al MacInnis for third place.
FACE IN CROWD
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright watched the game and joined in the pre-game hype by beating on a big drum and leading the crowd in a “Let’s Go Blues” chant. The game was also attended by fellow cardinals Steven Matz, Paul Goldschmidt, Harrison Bader and Giovanny Gallegos and the manager Oliver Marmol.
NOTES: The Blues had at least one power-play goal in every game. They went 8 out of 26 in the series.