SAN JOSE, Calif. — Defensemen Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo scored second-period targets that helped the St. Louis Blues overcome one other massive sport from San Jose’s Logan Couture with a Four-2 victory on Monday night time that tied the Western Conference finals at one sport apiece.
Dunn’s aim, his second of the postseason, gave the Blues a 2-Zero lead, and Bortuzzo then added his first profession playoff aim late in the interval after Couture had tied the rating. Jaden Schwartz and Oskar Sundqvist additionally scored and Jordan Binnington made 23 saves to ship the Blues residence for Game three on Wednesday night time with a highway victory.
Couture scored his targets in a span of 1 minute 59 seconds, giving him an N.H.L.-leading 13 this postseason. The Sharks, nonetheless, couldn’t muster one other and misplaced their third straight Game 2 after successful the sequence opener. Martin Jones made 21 saves.
Couture tried to take over the sport for sluggish San Jose after it fell behind by 2-Zero in the second interval on Dunn’s shot from the level, which beat Jones by way of a display. The Blues had been in place so as to add to that lead after a questionable interference name in opposition to Marcus Sorensen when Couture single-handedly turned issues round.
He took the puck from Alex Pietrangelo at the blue line and skated in on Binnington for a short-handed aim simply 16 seconds into St. Louis’s man benefit, waking up the crowd.
Couture struck once more shortly after the penalty was killed, taking a stretch go from Timo Meier and firing a shot between the pads for the equalizer, giving him 100 profession postseason factors.
The Blues then answered late in the interval with a reasonably aim from an unlikely supply. Bortuzzo handed the puck from the level to Tyler Bozak and skated in behind Joe Thornton. He then took a go from Joel Edmundson and beat Jones with a backhander into the prime nook for the rating.
Bortuzzo added a giant blocked shot in the third when Kevin Labanc obtained a go in the slot with time to shoot. The Blues then killed off an influence play later in the interval earlier than getting the insurance coverage aim with three:08 remaining, when Alexander Steen fed Sundqvist on a rush for the aim that made it Four-2.
The Sharks had been making an attempt to keep away from their sample from the first two rounds once they adopted up convincing Game 1 wins with losses at residence in the subsequent contest.
But the Blues had been the extra determined staff from the begin and obtained the early lead when Schwartz completed off a give-and-go with Vladimir Tarasenko with a shot into the nook of the web from the face-off circle simply 2:34 into the sport.
St. Louis had probabilities so as to add to their lead, however Jones made a point-blank cease in opposition to Sundqvist and was then helped out when a shot from Colton Parayko went off the put up. The sport remained 1-Zero after the first as a result of St. Louis couldn’t convert on two power-play probabilities, and San Jose got here up empty on its probability with the man benefit.