ST. LOUIS — Jordan Binnington made 25 saves and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 in Game 6 on Thursday night to advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a dominant second half that saw the Blues overtake the Wild 22-5 and take control of the game.
Nick Leddy also scored, Colton Parayko added an empty net and David Perron had two assists as St. Louis won their first series since beating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019.
The Blues travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche in Game 1 of Round Two. The date and time have not yet been announced.
Matt Dumba scored in the third period for the Wild, who hit three posts in the game, including two in the third.
After losing games 4 and 5 and facing a mandatory win, Wild coach Dean Evason put Cam Talbot in goal over Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, who finished the regular season on a 13-0-3 run, made 22 saves.
Leddy gave the Blues a 1-0 lead by 5-01 in the first period. It was the first goal by a Blues defender in the series.
Binnington helped the Blues weather a shaky start in game one by wiping out several high-value wild chances that resulted from turnovers. He also got help from his post at Marcus Foligno’s shot.
O’Reilly’s power-play goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Brayden Schenn prepared the one-timer from the slot with a perfect pass behind the net.
Bozak cleaned a rebound from Alexei Toropchenko’s shot to extend St. Louis’ lead later in the second half. Toropchenko created the chance by lapping Mats Zuccarello while driving to the net.
Tarasenko’s power-play goal at 1:24 in the second made it 4-0. It was his fourth goal in the last two games.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/13/nhl-playoffs-2022-blues-rip-wild-reach-second-round/ Blues rip wild, reach the second round