Game one went about how everyone expected - Winnipeg came out hitting hard (including a hit on Jordan Binnington by Mark Scheifele that was an “accident”), and they kept the Blues on their toes through the first period and a half. Binnington’s one goal allowed was on noted Blues Killer Patrik Laine in the first, but the Blues clamped down on the Jets’ offense. As the Jets hit the Blues, St. Louis adjusted their plan and just decided to plow through the Jets step by step in the third period, and it worked. David Perron scored the Blues 1000th playoff goal, and with a little over two minutes left, Pat Maroon forced his way through Winnipeg defenders and got the puck to Tyler Bozak for what would be the game winning goal.
Binnington shutting the door on the Jets to conclude the game was just gravy.
Tonight’s going to be just as close as last night. If you were expecting overtime Wednesday, you’re not the only one. This series is the definition of “too close to call,” and multiple one goal games shouldn’t come as a shock.
If the Blues can stay focused and not get annoyed by Winnipeg’s hard hitting style that is tailor made to drag the opposition into penalties, they have just as good of a chance to win tonight as the Jets do. That doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t hit back. Hit them. Hit them with all that you have, but keep your heads.
Tonight’s puck drop is at 8:30 Central, so clear your Friday night social calendar and curl up with a beer in front of FSMW or, if you’re out of area, CNBC.