Jordan Kyrou and David Perron help the Blues beat Wild to the series
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Jordan Kyrou and David Perron scored two goals each, Jordan Binnington made 28 saves on his first start this postseason and the St Louis Blues hit the Wild Minnesota 5-2 Sunday even at the best of the seven series of the Western Conference at 2-2.
Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and two assists, and Perron also had an assist for St. Louis.
Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy scored for Minnesota. Marc-André Fleury made 29 saves.
Game 5 is Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, before returning to St. Louis for Game 6 on Thursday.
Kyrou and Perron both scored 54 seconds apart in the second period to break a 1-1 draw.
Perron turned the go-ahead score on a shot that propelled Fleury to the net. Minnesota striker Marcus Foligno tried to keep the puck from rolling over the line but knocked it over from Fleury’s back and into the net.
Kyrou scored his second result of the match by taking the lead to 3-1 with a shot from a pass from Ryan O’Reilly, who assisted on both goals in the second period.
Boldy narrowed the gap to 3-2 by scoring a 2:39 goal comeback in the final period.
Perron added an empty goal with 1:58 remaining and O’Reilly scored a power-play goal with 1 minute left to close the scoring.
Binnington, who had lost his previous nine starts after the season, scored his first playoff win since beating Boston in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup final. He denied Kaprizov point blank at the end of the second period. Binnington also stopped Mats Zuccarello with a 2-on-1 breakout midway through the last quarter.
Binnington had been supplanted by Ville Husso, who scored nine goals from 59 combined shots in Game 2 and Game 3 after finishing off the field with 37 saves in the opening.
Coach Craig Berube said he went with Binnington as a hunch.
St. Louis struck first when Kyrou launched himself on his own rebound just 4:19 into the match.
Kaprizov drew 1-1 with his fifth goal of the series from a pass from Jared Spurgeon with 5:54 left in the opening period.
Kaprivoz, who recorded the first hat-trick in post-season franchise history in Game 2, was wide open in the slot. His five goals tie him to Wes Walz and Marian Gaborik for most goals in a series. Walz and Gaborik each scored five goals in the 2003 Western Conference semi-finals against Vancouver.
The Blues lacked defenders Torey Krug (lower body), Nick Leddy (upper body) and Robert Bortuzzo (upper body). They also lost Marco Scandella to an injury at the start of the first period. Scott Perunovich made his first appearance since January 15th. Rookie Steven Santini made his playoff debut.
Minnesota and St. Louis are two of only four teams to have reached the playoffs nine times in the past 10 seasons. Pittsburgh (10 times) and Washington (9) round out the list