Blues rip Wild, reach second round

Blues rip Wild, reach second round

ST. LOUIS — Jordan Binnington made 25 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 on Thursday evening in Recreation 6 to advance to the second spherical of the Western Convention playoffs.

Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a dominant second interval throughout which the Blues outshot the Wild 22-5 and took management of the sport.

Nick Leddy additionally scored, Colton Parayko added an empty-netter and David Perron had two assists as St. Louis received its first collection since defeating the Boston Bruins within the Stanley Cup Closing in 2019.

The Blues will journey to Colorado to face the Avalanche in Recreation 1 of the second spherical. The date and time had not but been introduced.

Matt Dumba scored within the third interval for the Wild, who hit three posts within the recreation, together with two within the third.

Jordan Binnington lays out to cease a shot for one among his 25 saves within the Blues’ 5-1 series-clinching win over the Wild.AP

After shedding Video games 4 and 5 and going through a must-win, Wild coach Dean Evason began Cam Talbot over Marc-Andre Fleury in purpose. Talbot, who completed the common season on a 13-0-3 run, made 22 saves.

Leddy gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 5:01 left within the first interval. It was the primary purpose by a Blues defenseman within the collection.

Binnington helped the Blues overcome a shaky begin within the first by erasing a number of high quality Wild possibilities coming off turnovers. He additionally acquired assist from his put up on Marcus Foligno’s shot.

O’Reilly’s power-play purpose gave the Blues a 2-0 lead halfway by means of the second interval. Brayden Schenn arrange the one-timer from the slot with an ideal move from behind the online.

Bozak cleaned up a rebound off Alexei Toropchenko’s shot to increase St. Louis’ benefit later within the second. Toropchenko created the prospect by getting round Mats Zuccarello whereas driving to the online.

Tarasenko’s power-play purpose with 1:24 left within the second made it 4-0. It was his fourth purpose within the final two video games.

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