If you had Bo Horvat scoring a highlight reel goal in game two of the series on your bingo card congrats. The Blues were just seconds into a power play when the Canucks forced a turnover. Horvat collected the puck and headed up ice. Horvat danced around Brayden Schenn and made Jaden Schwartz look silly. Jordan Binnington was all that stood in the way...aaaannnnnd 1-0 Canucks.
The Canucks almost went up by two four minutes into the second period. J.T. Miller came out of the penalty box and was off to the races. The only thing that stopped Miller’s goal was the fact that it was ruled offside.
This goal didn't count but we still *have* to show it to you.— #StanleyCup Playoffs on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 14, 2020
JT Miller comes right out of the box and delivers this filth pic.twitter.com/C4lHkpozdh
The Canucks did eventually go up by two goals. The Blues had been burnt in game one by three Canucks power play goals. They were burnt by another one here. With seven minutes left in the second Elias Petterson found an open Tanner Pearson in the slot. Pearson fired the pass at the net. Binnington couldn’t stop it. It was starting to look bad for the Blues.
Not so fast though. Ryan O’Reilly was finally able to beat Jacob Markstrom with a power play goal. David Perron hit O’Reilly with a cross ice feed. O’Reilly faked a shot moved in and then fired the puck into the back of the net. Two to one Canucks after two.
The Canucks power play found the back of the net again. This time it was Elias Petterson Justin Faulk blocked a shot and his stick broke. While getting another one from Oskar Sundqvist J.T. Miller fired a puck on net. That puck bounced up into the air. Faulk swung at it and missed. Petterson didn’t. 3-1 Canucks.
Sammy Blais was back in the lineup tonight after missing game one. Blais was also back on the scoresheet. Blais intercepted a pass and took the puck straight to the net. Blais made some moves and beat Markstrom cutting the Canucks lead to just one.
The Blues haven’t scored a game tying goal this year with the goalie pulled. That was until tonight. With the goalie pulled, the Blues tied the game with 6.4 seconds left. David Perron deflected a shot from Alex Pietrangelo. That shot went off of Perron’s stick. It then went off of Jaden Schwartz and in. Weird, I thought teams playing the Blues were the only ones able to score goals like this.
So the Blues forced overtime in this one. They then forgot how to defense. Bo Horvat take it away.
This was the Blues best bubble game. (Not saying much there). Binnington did not look great at all in this one. Not that it was all on him. Multiple laps in defense didn’t help his cause. With the next two games being back to back do you go to Allen at all? Not knowing what Blues team will show up?
Final shot totals were 37-25 in favor of the Blues. Next game is Sunday night at 9:30.
It’s concerning, but fixable. Running out of time though.
Berube on concern over Binnington: "Well, I think there's concern all around. That's too many goals against just in general, so ... It's not just the goalie, it's the whole team." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) August 15, 2020
Panger isn’t hiding as much emotion as he usually does when the Blues do (or don’t do) something and I love it.
Rewatching the game tying goal and my god Panger is all of us in this series. (More so when he was pretty much shouting at thomas to shoot.)— Justin Dubya (@justin03) August 15, 2020
Some post game comments. They don’t seem phased by events of the evening.
Boy the comments on this one are...something at best.
asked #Canucks Green if he got any explanation on the non-call on Blais for hit on Sutter.— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) August 15, 2020
'I didn't get an explanation on any calls tonight'
I’ll end with this...
The last time a defending Stanley Cup champion went down 2-0 in the 1st round was Chicago in 2014 against the Blues. The Blackhawks won the next four games. It happened to the Kings against the Blues in 2013, and the Kings won the next four games too. The Blues are down 2-0 now.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) August 15, 2020