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NHL20 Playoffs Sim Round 3, Game 5: Late goal keeps St. Louis alive

Calgary mounted a successful comeback, only to give it away

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Calgary leads best of 7 series 3-2

Leaders:

Goals

STL: Perron (4)

CGY: Monahan (9)

Assists

STL: Schwartz/Faulk (6)

CGY: Andersson (10)

Points

STL: Schwartz/Faulk (9)

CGY: Monahan (14)

Goalies

STL: Binnington (5-3-2) 2.98 GAA .908 Sv%

CGY: Rittich (8-3-0) 2.58 GAA .936 Sv% 2 SO


Calgary Flames 3 - St. Louis Blues 6

Scoring

Calgary Flames

1st: None

2nd: 10:59- Ryan (2) (Bennett [5], Brodie [7])

3rd: 4:03- Ryan (3) (Hamonic [3], Bennett [6]), 9:54- Mangiapane (7) (Hanifin [5], Andersson [10])

St. Louis Blues

1st: 11:19- Steen (2) (Faulk [5], Bozak [4]), 18:32- Sundqvist (2) (MacEachern [1], Gunnarsson [1])

2nd: 4:07- Dunn (2) (Steen [6], Thomas [1])

3rd: 17:48- Perron (4) (Faulk [6], Pietrangelo [5]), 19:22 EN- MacEachern (1) (Scandella [2], Parayko [5]), 19:39 EN- Bozak (1) (Scandella [3])

Recap

A series that once looked very comfortable for the Calgary Flames is now up in the air again thanks to a 6-3 Blues victory on Sunday night. The Flames found themselves down 3-0 for the second straight game and managed to tie it this time, but a late Blues goal and two empty netters forced a Game 6 on Tuesday night.

The Blues would open the scoring midway through the first period with Alex Steen burying the Blues third chance in front after Justin Faulk was denied twice. Late in the first period St. Louis would add to their lead with Oscar Sundqvist getting free in the slot and scoring low blocker on Rittich. St. Louis would carry their 2-0 lead to the intermission.

Vince Dunn would add to the Blues lead early in the second period with a nifty passing play off a faceoff, with his slapshot beating Rittich from the point.

Calgary would get on the board a few minutes later with Derek Ryan getting loose for a partial break, but shooting the puck right into Binnington. Fortunately the puck would barely trickle through and over the line to cut the lead to 3-1. That’s how the second period would end.

Ryan would then cut the Blues lead to 3-2 early in the third after Binnington lazily kicked out a rebound into the slot off a Travis Hamonic shot. Ryan would easily find the puck and put it in the net.

The Flames would then tie it as Andrew Mangiapane continued his playoff heroics. Noah Hanifin would find him streaking back door for a one-timer and Mangiapane would make no mistake as he recorded his 7th goal of the postseason.

All signs were pointing to overtime for the second time in the series, but the Blues would have other ideas as David Perron would deflect a point shot that would hit Rittich’s pad but roll into the net. It was one he’d probably like to have back. St. Louis had the 4-3 lead with just 2:12 to go.

The Flames would twice pull David Rittich and pay for it as Mackenzie MacEachern and Tyler Bozak would score empty netters for St. Louis.

The series will now go back to Calgary for Game 6 were the Flames will have their third crack at finishing off the Blues. They definitely don’t want to come back to St. Louis for Game 7, so it could be a series deciding game on Tuesday. Puck drop will be 7:30 again.

Flame of the Game

NHL: DEC 19 Canadiens at Flames Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Derek Ryan (F): Ryan is the epitome of a solid bottom six player in real life, and he came through in Game 5 as he tallied two goals to help pull the Flames back into the game.

Other Playoff Series Scores

Yesterday

(2) Colorado Avalanche 3 @ (4) Dallas Stars 6 (Series tied 2-2)

(3) Washington Capitals 1 @ (4) Philadelphia Flyers 4 (Series tied 2-2)

Today

(1) Boston Bruins 3 vs (10) Florida Panthers 0 (Bruins win series 4-1)

  1. Steen (G, A) 2. Ryan (2G) 3. Bozak (G, A)