BOSTON – St. Louis Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington rendered Zdeno Chara’s inspirational decision to play with a battered face inconsequential when he made 37 saves to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 and put the Blues one win short of the first Stanley Cup championship in their 52-year history.
The Blues, leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, can claim the championship by winning Game 6 Sunday in St. Louis.
The Bruins were expected to get a lift when doctors cleared their captain Chara to play in Game 5, even after there were reports that his jaw was broken in Game 4 by a Brayden Schenn shot.
But Binnington negated Chara’s return by making 17 saves in the first period.
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington dominated Game 5 with 38 saves in a 2-1 victory. (Photo: Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports)
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Having weathered the Bruins’ offensive charge, the Blues came out confidently in the second period and took a 1-0 lead on Ryan O’Reilly’s sixth goal of the postseason. He beat Tuukka Rask on a backhander, with Zach Sanford and Alex Pietrangelo assisting.
David Perron made it a 2-0 game by scoring at 10:36 of the third period, with O’Reilly assisting. But Jake DeBrusk scored his first goal of the series at 13:32 to cut the Blues’ lead to a goal.
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