Ryan O’Reilly scored twice to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win Monday night in game 4 over the Bruins. This was nearly a must win for the Blues, with a loss they would go back to Boston down 3-1 in the series, and instead they are dead even at 2 apiece. This was especially big for the Blues because they had just lost 7-2 on their own ice just two nights prior.
Jordan Binnington was great for the Blues with 21 saves on 23 shots. Tuukka Rask had 34 saves on 37 shots. As for team stats, the Blues had 38 shots, 44 hits and were 0/3 on the power play. The Bruins had 23 shots, 41 hits and were 0/2 on the power play.
The Bruins were without their captain when Zdeno Chara went down with an injury to his face in the 2nd period. He did come back to the bench with a full mask on his helmet but did not reenter the game. This definitely proved to be a big blow for Boston without his leadership on the ice. The Blues used this to their advantage and picked up the aggression in the final period, holding the Bruins to just 2 shots after O’Reilly’s 2nd goal.
O’Reilly opened the scoring for the Blues 43 seconds into the game. The Bruins evened it up 13 minutes later when playoff standout Charlie Coyle found the back of the net. Vladimir Tarasenko joined the fun when he led the Blues back to the lead just 2 short minutes later. The lead stayed the same until 3/4’s through the 2nd period when Brandon Carlo scored short handed for the Bruins to tie the game. Halfway through the 3rd, Alex Pietrangelo ripped a slap shot on Rask that was defelcted off of his shoulder and bounced directly to O’Reilly right in front of the net for his 2nd goal of the game and 5th of the playoffs. Brayden Schenn scored the only other goal on an empty netter with less than 2 minutes.
The series is now tied 2-2 and will pick up Thursday, June 6th in Boston. This game will be aired at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.