According to Latest NHL News, having gone through a big injustice in the Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, the Saint Louis Blues came back in grand style. Saint Louis Blues defeated San Jose Sharks by 2-1, tying the score in the series at 2-2.
The team of Craig Berube dominated the opponents early in the competition, creating a two-goal advantage and also keeping the momentum till the end of the game, mostly due to Jordan Binnington. The goalkeeper of Saint Louis Blues showed a brilliant performance, restricting almost all the efforts made by the Sharks.
The home managed to score after just 35 seconds of the match. The shot of Ivan Barbashev from the left face-off circle hit Gustav Nyquist and changed the path. Despite trying hard, Martin Jones wasn’t able to reach it, and it ended behind his back. This tremendous start by the Blues was certainly the best way of entering the game.
The balance was maintained soon by the opponents, yet the Blues managed to strike the guests from California once again. With 2:07 remaining in the opening period, Tyler Bozak doubled their lead. It came off a powerplay. It was only their second in 21 chances they had during this series. Both the competitors came to the Enterprise Center in Game 3 and 4.
The second half was completely about Binnington who had 11 of his 29 saves during that period. For the goalie, this was certainly one of the best performances in the playoffs, and he also achieved the feat of becoming the only goaltender in the franchise history with 10 or more wins during one playoff run.
Binnington also became the 10th rookie goalie in the history of the entire league with 10 wins during his first playoff appearances.
The attacks made by Shark helped them score a goal. Tomas Hertl made a goal 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 exciting or interesting happened throughout the match, as the Blues pretty easily avoided landing in a situation from where they could’ve lost the match.
The teams will now be heading for San Jose. Game 5 is scheduled to be played this Sunday at the SAP Center from 6 p.m. local time.