Binnington backstops Blues to series-tying Game 4 win over Sharks

ST. LOUIS—Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to set a franchise record with his 10th playoff win this post-season, and the St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to even the NHL Western Conference final at two games apiece.

Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Blues, giving Binnington all the scoring he needed.

Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones made 20 saves.

Game 5 is in San Jose on Sunday.

Barbashev gave the Blues a quick lead when his shot deflected off Gustav Nyquist’s stick and in just 35 seconds in. Alexander Steen’s hip check of Brent Burns behind the Sharks’ net created a turnover that led to Barbashev’s first career playoff goal.


There have been seven goals scored in the opening minute of playoff games this year, three of them coming against San Jose — the most since the Boston Bruins allowed four during their Stanley Cup run in 2011.

The Blues needed just nine seconds to convert on a power play as Bozak’s shot found its way through several skates and past Jones to make it 2-0 with 2:07 left in the first.

San Jose tilted the ice in its favour in the second period, but Binnington stopped all 11 shots the Sharks sent his way. Burns had the best chance, hitting the crossbar with about three minutes left in the period.

Hertl banged home a rebound off a slapshot by Burns on the Sharks’ second power play of the game at 6:48 of the third period to cut the Blues’ lead to 2-1. The goal snapped San Jose’s scoreless streak of 226 minutes, 48 seconds in Game 4s dating to last year’s post-season.

Soccer star Becky Sauerbrunn was in the crowd. The U.S. women’s national team played a friendly against New Zealand at Busch Stadium on Thursday night.

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