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Blues use strong third period to take 1-0 series lead.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Lineup:

Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Oskar Sundqvist - David Perron

Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas

Zach Sanford - Ivan Barbashev - Alexander Steen

Defense

Vince Dunn - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Joel Edmundson - Robert Bortuzzo

Goalie

Jordan Binnington

Game Highlights:

First Period -

Just 34 seconds into the game Mark Scheifele decided that he didn’t like Jordan Binnington so he ran him over. That gave the Blues their first power play of the night. However, they did not convert the chance to take an early lead in this one. However, Patrick Laine the Blues killer scored his first of the playoffs in the first frame. Bryan Little finds an open Laine for his first goal of the playoffs. You give a guy like Laine an open shot, he’s probably going to make you pay. Welp.

1-0 Jets after one period. A period in which the Blues outshot the Jets 8-7. It wasn’t their best period, but could have been much worse.

Second Period -

Despite getting two more power play chances in the period, the Blues failed to tie the score.

Shots for the period were 11-8 in favor of the Jets.

Third Period -

The Blues came out in the third and they came to play. The Blues tied the game on a point shot from David Perron. The Blues won the draw, and Colton Parayko snagged the puck. He dropped it to Perron who blasted it on net. There was a bunch of action in front and Jets starter Connor Hellebuyck had no chance of seeing it.

With 2:05 left to go in the game St. Louis’ own Pat Maroon played a key role in putting up the Blues for good. Maroon tipped the puck into the zone. He then got the puck into the corner. Winning the puck battle in the corner, Maroon then got the puck over behind the net. Maroon found Bozak in front and Bozak did the rest.

Seconds later, the not so nervous Binnington made a spectacular save to keep the Blues in front. Somehow booing Binnington every time he touched the puck didn’t get into his head. Weird.

Final score, Blues 2, Jets 1. Binnington wins his first postseason game. The Blues outshot the Jets by one 26-25 overall. Next game for these two teams is Friday night at 8:30. Are we going to be talking about a 2-0 series lead?

From The Twit Machine:

I mean he’s a Terminator so yeah...

Pat Maroon out here doing work while dealing with personal loss.

Not all heroes wear capes.

They lost the game and they don’t have an airport. I’d be bummed too.

Player of the Game:

Binnington. Solid performance. Played it like it was just another game. At least it seemed like it.