Calgary leads best of 7 series 2-0
STL: Perron (3)
CGY: Monahan (7)
STL: Schwartz (5)
CGY: Andersson (7)
STL: Schwartz (7)
CGY: Monahan (12)
STL: Binnington (3-2-2) 2.54 GAA .916 Sv%
CGY: Rittich (7-1-0) 2.30 GAA .941 Sv% 2 SO
Click here to see the full game
1st: 0:24- Monahan (7) (Gaudreau , Giordano )
2nd: 10:34- Mangiapane (5) (Backlund , Tkachuk )
3rd: 17:31- Dube (3) (Backlund , Mangiapane ), 19:18 EN- Lucic (2) (N/A)
St. Louis Blues
2nd: 13:12- O’Reilly (2) (Parayko , Steen )
3rd: 12:16- Tarasenko (1) (Schwartz , Schenn )
If you’re a glass half-full person, the Flames defeated the defending cup champs twice in their own arena, and have a chance to sweep at home. If you’re a glass half-empty person, the Flames have blown multi goal leads in both of these games, have been outshot in both, and are quite honestly a little lucky to be up the way they are.
Nonetheless, the Flames did indeed defeat the St. Louis Blues for the second straight game in the Western Semi-Finals and head back to the ‘Dome up 2-0. Sean Monahan scored just 24 seconds into the game, for his impressive 7th tally in only 9 games. Johnny Gaudreau carried the puck around the Blues net off the opening draw, and found Monahan wide open with ample time to pick a spot over Jordan Binnington. Elias Lindholm played the role of distraction behind the Blues netminder.
Monahan opens the scoring very early in Game 2! pic.twitter.com/X1Mq5pTSnZ— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) April 28, 2020
Calgary carried that lead all the way to the midway mark of the second period, despite being outshot 12-6 in the opening frame. Andrew Mangiapane battled hard in front of the Blues net, and quickly wristed home Mikael Backlund’s pass to open up a 2-0 lead.
Mangiapane puts home his 5th of the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/xppc9WsEFb— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) April 28, 2020
The jubilation didn’t last too long, as Ryan O’Reilly would bury a terribly juicy rebound off of David Rittich to cut the lead to one just a few minutes later, and gave the Blues’ fans some hope going into the second intermission.
Vladimir Tarasenko, who was held out of the Blues first round matchup against the Wild, scored his first of the playoffs on a breakaway to even the game at 7:41 of the third. A turnover at the offensive blueline and some quick passing sent Tarasenko in alone on Rittich, and he went back against the grain under Dave’s glove.
A partial line change with just 2:30 left in the game found Dillon Dube out with Backlund and Mangiapane. The Flames second line had had substantial zone pressure up until that point, and the Blues were tired. Two slick passes from Mangiapane to Backlund, and then Backlund to Dube left the rookie all alone in front of Binnington with a beautiful amount of net up for grabs. Dube made no mistake, and the Flames would hold that late lead all the way ‘till the horn.
Dube gives Calgary the lead late in the 3rd! pic.twitter.com/eRkIHn38lL— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) April 28, 2020
Milan Lucic added the empty netter to ease some pressure, and the Flames incredibly come home with the possibility of a sweep over the 2019 champs.
You can view the full game and highlights on our Youtube page by clicking here!
Flame of the Game
Andrew Mangiapane (F): Mang had a fantastic first full NHL season, but this playoff performance is defying even the highest of expectations. He now has 5 goals and 10 points through the first 9 games of this playoff run.
Game 3 will be Wednesday night at 7:30 and live-streamed again.
Other Playoff Series Scores