Avalanche topple Blues in bounce-back Game 3 win

Avalanche topple Blues in bounce-back Game 3 win

ST. LOUIS — Regardless of regaining the sting of their second-round collection, the Colorado Avalanche aren’t glad.

Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 pictures and the Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Sport 3 on Saturday evening to take a 2-1 lead within the best-of-seven collection.

Logan O’Connor, Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog additionally scored because the Avalanche bounced again from a 4-1 loss at house two nights earlier, and improved to 3-0 on the highway within the postseason.

“After all it was a great reply from the final recreation,” Lehkonen stated. “We nonetheless know that we are able to clear up some stuff in our recreation and we’ve received to maneuver on to the subsequent one.”

Ryan O’Reilly had a purpose and an help, and Colton Parayko additionally scored for the Blues, who would possibly’ve misplaced beginning goalie Jordan Binnington.

Binnington made three saves earlier than leaving the sport 6:45 into the primary interval after Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen collided into him after getting their skates tousled within the crease. No penalty was referred to as on the play.

Artturi Lehkonen celebrates with teammates after scoring considered one of his two targets within the Avalanche’s 5-2 win over the Blues in Sport 3.NHLI through Getty Photos

“Take a look at Kadri’s popularity,” Blues coach Craig Berube stated. “That’s all I’ve received to say.”

The coach added that Binnington was being evaluated for a decrease physique harm.

“I simply see a unfastened puck, actually” Kadri stated. “I used to be simply form of sitting behind him and simply tried to poke it with my stick. I feel their defenseman form of collided with me and pushed me into him. Had that not been the case, I don’t suppose I’d have hit him in any respect.”

After the sport, whereas Kadri was being interviewed on tv, he stated a Blues participant threw a water bottle at him and believed it was Binnington.

Ville Husso stopped 19 of 23 pictures in aid to fall to 1-3 within the playoffs.

“I feel there was just a little little bit of a momentum swing there,” O’Connor stated in regards to the Blues altering goaltenders. “I feel even earlier than that we felt our recreation coming just a little extra. We weathered it early. They had been onerous on us to start with, actually closing down within the defensive zone. Then we began rolling issues over just a little extra, getting just a little extra confidence with the puck.”

Sport 4 is Monday evening in St. Louis.

Parayko scored his second purpose of the postseason on a slap shot from the purpose 3:55 into the sport to place St. Louis forward 1-0.

O’Connor received his first at 11:54 to tie it, and Kadri adopted along with his second of the postseason when he deflected Cale Makar’s slap shot previous Husso proper after Pavel Buchnevich completed serving an interference penalty.

Lehkonen scored his third of the playoffs to place Colorado up 3-1 with 2:45 remaining within the second interval. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on the purpose to present him factors in seven straight postseason video games.

O’Reilly tapped in a rebound from former Islander Nick Leddy for his seventh purpose of the postseason to tug St. Louis inside one with 29 seconds remaining within the center interval.

“I feel we had been form of just a little extra hoping for a play,” O’Reilly stated in regards to the third interval. “We form of misplaced our construction a bit and form of having our numbers the place we’d like them in an effort to generate some offense. It wasn’t the perfect push by us.”

Landeskog iced the sport when he scored his fifth of the postseason with 2:08 remaining after Husso had began to skate off the ice for an additional attacker.

Lehkonen scored his second of the evening with Husso pulled to place Colorado up 5-2 within the closing minute.

Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard needed to be helped off the ice after his head crashed into the boards on a test from Ivan Barbashev 1:40 into the primary interval. After the sport, Bednar stated Girard has a damaged sternum and might be out for the rest of the postseason.

“I believed it was a authorized test to be sincere with you,” Bednar stated. “It form of goes in on his head aspect, however he received a number of physique there. He simply turned the fitting approach and went in awkward. It was a heavy test. Unlucky.”

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