The St. Louis Blues came out absolutely firing in Game 5 against the Winnipeg Jets and took the lead within the first 30 seconds, with game 4 hero Jaden Schwartz giving the Blues a 1-0 lead. This was a goal that Connor Hellebuyck should have had. The Blues applied inexorable pressure the rest of the first period, and it actually was Hellebuyck (to my surprise) that kept the Jets in the game.
The second period brought more of the same, and this time the Blues benefitted by an egregiously stupid penalty by Dustin Byfuglien, who inexplicably punched David Perron on the St. Louis bench. Jaden Schwartz capitalized with his second goal of the night, though not without some controversy.
Hellebuyck and the rest of the Jets clamored for goalie interference after Pat Maroon made contact with Hellebuyck. I can’t really say it was not interference, but the Jets’ coach wasted their challenge asserting goalie interference on the first goal, so no review took place.
The third period brought, you guessed it, another goal by Jaden Schwartz.
The Jets brought a solid effort in the third, especially considering they were held to 11 shots in the first two periods. They fought back and scored two goals late (from Byfuglien and Bryan Little), but it was not enough.
The Blues move on – while most experts did not see this coming, I’ll link to an analytics guy I like to follow on Twitter (@IneffectiveMath) who did put the Blues, initially, as favorites:
St. Louis will take on the winner of the Dallas Stars – Nashville Predators series.