Calgary leads best of 7 series 3-1
STL: Perron/Faulk/Schenn/Schwartz (3)
CGY: Monahan (9)
STL: Schwartz (6)
CGY: Andersson (9)
STL: Schwartz (9)
CGY: Monahan (14)
STL: Binnington (4-3-2) 2.97 GAA .905 Sv%
CGY: Rittich (8-2-0) 2.60 GAA .936 Sv% 2 SO
2nd: 3:58- Mangiapane (6) (Dube , Backlund )
3rd: 11:27- Monahan (9) (Ryan , Gaudreau ), 16:55- Backlund (3) (N/A)
St. Louis Blues
1st: 5:15- Scandella (1) (Bozak , Steen ), 10:53- Schenn (3) (Faulk , Tarasenko ), 11:11- Schwartz (3) (Pietrangelo , Schenn )
2nd: 8:01- Tarasenko (2) (O’Reilly , Scandella )
The Blues put an end to the Flames 6 win streak Friday night. St. Louis built up a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission and never really looked back.
Marco Scandella opened the scoring 5 minutes into the first, as he wired a slapshot through traffic and past Rittich for his first of the playoffs. Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz scored near identical goals just 18 seconds apart at the halfway mark of the period, but Schenn wouldn’t get more than one period of play. A brutal check from behind on TJ Brodie ended his night, as did Mark Giordano’s fists.
The Flames couldn’t capitalize on the major powerplay, but Andrew Mangiapane got the Flames on the board with his sixth of the playoffs not long after it ended. Dillon Dube gave a beautiful feed to Mang, and he made no mistake blasting it past Binnington.
Mangiapane gets his 6th of the playoffs! pic.twitter.com/HM9OoUeumw— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) May 2, 2020
Vladimir Tarasenko ended that little bit of hope, as he slapped one over Rittich’s glove just 5 minutes later. It would stand as the game winner, but it was 4-1 Blues going into the third.
The Flames were on the right side of a controversial goal for once, as Sean Monahan was able to bury his team leading ninth of the playoffs midway through the third. Derek Ryan was checked into Binnington, but spent considerable time on his back in the crease as Monahan scored. St. Louis didn’t challenge, and the goal stood.
Monahan cuts the lead to two. pic.twitter.com/yPJo8uYM6f— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) May 2, 2020
With just over 3 minutes left, the ugly goals continued. Mikael Backlund forced a turnover off of a rebound and chipped a backhander past Binnington. The Flames came within one and pulled the goalie, but just couldn’t find the equalizer.
The series moves back to Missouri for Game 5 on Sunday, where the Flames have another chance to end the series.
Flame of the Game
Mikael Backlund (F): Backs only had a goal and 4 assists through the first two series of these playoffs, but has matched that output in this series alone so far, putting up 2 goals and 3 assists in four games.
Other Playoff Series Scores
(2) Colorado Avalanche 5 @ (4) Dallas Stars 4 (Avalanche lead series 2-1)
(3) Washington Capitals 2 @ (4) Philadelphia Flyers 4 (Capitals lead series 2-1)
(1) Boston Bruins 2 @ (10) Florida Panthers 8 (Bruins lead series 3-1)