Blues OT Comeback Forces Game 6

St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche
Game 5 – COL Leads 3-1

Game Recap:

Heading into Game 5 down two games, the St. Louis Blues look to keep their season alive as they head back to Colorado to take on the Avalanche. In the first period Nathan MacKinnon would open the scoring for the Avs as he would strike 3:51 into the game to give the Avs the 1-0 lead. Then the Blues would go onto the penalty kill, and kill they would as they would generate a quality shorthanded opportunity and prevent the Blues from generating any chances. After killing off the penalty the Avs would go on the powerplay and MacKinnon would strike again to grow the Avs lead to two. The Blues would go back to the penalty kill to end the period, and the Avs would take the 2-0 goal lead into the first intermission with some powerplay time leftover.

In the second period the Avs would have their abbreviated powerplay expire, and then go on the penalty kill themselves. After killing off Mikko Rantanen’s penalty Gabriel Landeskog would redirect a Devon Toews point blast to score and grow the Avs lead to three. The Blues and Avs would trade powerplay opportunities, but neither team would strike on their respective powerplays. However, after the Blues powerplay expired Vladimir Tarasenko would score to cut the Avs lead back to two.

In the third period the Blues would wake up as at the mid way point of the period Robert Thomas would strike, and then Justin Faulk would score to tie the game at three for the Blues. MacKinnon would complete the hat trick to retake the lead for the Avs, but Thomas would net his second of the game to tie the game to force overtime for the Blues.

Then in overtime Tyler Bozak would strike from the point early into the extra frame to give the Blues the 5-4 victory to force Game 6 on Friday night.

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St. Louis Blues:

Brandon Saad — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron

Pavel Buchnevich — Robert Thomas — Vladimir Tarasenko

Ivan Barbashev — Brayden Schenn — Jordan Kyrou

Alexei Toropchenko — Tyler Bozak — Nathan Walker

Nick Leddy — Colton Parayko

Marco Scandella — Justin Faulk

Niko Mikkola — Robert Bortuzzo

Ville Husso

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Logan Brown, Calle Rosen, Scott Perunovich

Injured: Jordan Binnington (lower body), Torey Krug (lower body)

Colorado Avalanche:

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Artturi Lehkonen

Valeri Nichushkin — Nazem Kadri — Mikko Rantanen

Alex Newhook — J.T. Compher — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Andrew Cogliano — Darren Helm — Logan O’Connor

Devon Toews — Cale Makar

Jack Johnson — Josh Manson

Bowen Byram — Erik Johnson

Darcy Kuemper

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Nico Sturm, Andre Burakovsky, Ryan Murray, Kurtis MacDermid, Hunter Miska

Injured: Samuel Girard (sternum)

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First Period:

COL Goal – 3:51 – Nathan MacKinnon (6) from Artturi Lehkonen (1) and Bowen Byram (4)

COLL Penalty – 9:07 – Artturi Lehkonen 2 minutes for Interference

STL Penalty – 17:34 – Robert Bortuzzo 2 minutes for Holding

COL PPG – Nathan MacKinnon (7) from Mikko Rantanen (10) and Cale Makar (10)

STL Penalty – 18:44 – Brayden Schenn 2 minutes for Cross Checking

End of FirstSTL – 0COL – 2
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Second Period:

COL Penalty – :56 – Mikko Rantanen 2 minutes for Holding

COL Goal – 4:02 – Gabriel Landeskog (6) from Devon Toews (3) and Nathan MacKinnon (5)

STL Penalty – 8:10 – Niko Mikkola 2 minutes for High Sticking

COL Penalty – 12:04 – Logan O’Connor 2 minutes for Roughing

STL Goal – 14:42 – Vladimir Tarasenko (6) from unassisted

End of SecondSTL – 1COL – 3
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Third Period:

STL Goal – 9:57 – Robert Thomas (1) from Pavel Buchnevich (9) and Nick Leddy (3)

STL Goal – 15:14 – Justin Faulk (1) from Alexai Toropchenko (2) and Nick Leddy (4)

COL Goal – 17:14 – Nathan MacKinnon (8) from Bowen Byram (5)

STL Goal – Robert Thomas (2) from Vladimir Tarasenko (3) and Pavel Buchnevich (10)

End of ThirdSTL – 4COL – 4
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STL Goal – 3:38 – Tyler Bozak (2) from Nick Leddy (5) and Ivan Barbashev (2)

End of ThirdSTL – 5COL – 4
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