The St. Louis Blues took home a 2-1 victory Thursday night in Boston in game 5. David Perron’s goal turned out to be the game winner midway through the 3rd period when Bruins forward Noel Acciari was tripped up from behind by Tyler Bozak. During the trip, Acciari flew to the ground, Bozak looked directly at the ref, and the ref was staring directly at the play. He let it play on and the Blues scored about 5-10 seconds later. Fans were throwing items onto the ice and the game was delayed for a few minutes.
Ryan O’Reilly who has been killing the Bruins the last couple nights opened the scoring with his 6th of the playoffs just 55 seconds into the 2nd period. His goal was assisted by Zach Sanford and Alex Pietrangelo. Sanford’s pass to O’Reilly was between his legs behind him.
Perron’s goal came next to make it 2-0. Jake DeBrusk gave the home crowd hope when he struck a one-time past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington who was nearly perfect on the night.
The Blues had another great chance in the 2nd period when Tuukka Rask had a puck bounce off of him and back into play, Rask was put completely out of position and Pietrangelo thought he had nothing but the back of the net in front of him. David Krejci had other plans when he slid behind Rask in the net to stop the shot off of his body.
The Bruins were also without one of their veteran leaders David Backes whom was scratched in order to make room for a 7th defender (Steven Kampfer).
Binnington played outstanding as he had 38 saves on 39 shots. Rask had 19 saves on 21 shots. Acciari finished with a game high 8 hits for the Bruins as well.
The Blues will look to finish off the Bruins Sunday night as they head back to their home ice for game 6. This would be their first NHL title in franchise history. St. Louis fans will be up and ready for this action packed game as the Bruins will look to do the opposite and send the game back to Boston for a game 7.