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Blues roll past Avalance to straight series

DENVER — David Perron scored twice as St. Louis changed line combinations, Jordan Binnington made 30 saves and the Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Thursday night to tie their second-round streak at one game apiece.

Jordan Kyrou added a goal and Brandon Saad sealed it with an empty net for the Blues as they put on another outstanding performance from Binnington. The Blues keeper stopped 51 shots during a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1.

Binnington flashed his 2019 form as a rookie leading the Blues to a Stanley Cup title with a 16-10 record and a 2.46 clean sheet average.

Gabriel Landeskog scored at the beginning of the third with a power play for Colorado to make it 2-1. But Perron immediately responded with his seventh goal of the playoffs.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 shots. Two of the goals he allowed were deflected by a defender’s stick.

David Perron (right) celebrates his goal with ex-ranger Pavel Buchnevich during the Blues' 4-1 Game 2 win over the Avalanche.
David Perron (right) celebrates his goal with ex-ranger Pavel Buchnevich during the Blues’ 4-1 Game 2 win over the Avalanche.
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Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche found open ice to be a scarce commodity against a physical, hard-controlling, and more determined blues team.

Game 3 takes place in St. Louis on Saturday.

Blues line changes included pairing Pavel Buchnevich with Ryan O’Reilly and Perron.

“Move some guys around to see if we can create some balance in our ranks,” explained blues coach Craig Berube.

All line switches worked. Buchnevich finished with two assists.

The Blues held a 5-on-3 advantage late in the second half when Devon Toews was called out for stumbling and Valeri Nichushkin was called out for goalkeeper interference after hitting Binnington, whose stick was flying around.

Perron made them pay when his liner deflected off Josh Manson’s bat – who scored the OT winner in Game 1 – and past Kuemper.

Early in the second half, Kyrou’s shot deflected off defender Samuel Girard’s bat and over Kuemper’s shoulder.

Colorado defenseman Cale Makar was rocked late in the first half when he fell to the ice and slammed his leg on the post, snapping the goal from its moorings. He walked cautiously to the bench but was back on the ice after the break.

The Blues mixed up their line combinations for Game 2, but it was the defenders who made the most early shots. Of the 14 shots in the first third, eight came from defence.

Colorado has been knocked out of the playoffs in the second round for the past three seasons.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/20/nhl-playoffs-2022-blues-roll-past-avalance-to-even-series/ Blues roll past Avalance to straight series

JOE HERNANDEZ

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