Winnipeg successfully erased the Blues’ 2-0 series lead, but the Jets couldn’t keep their momentum in Game 5. Or perhaps more accurately, their momentum ran out before the game did. Winnipeg did have a 2-0 lead going into the third period on Thursday, but they ended up being stunned by the Blues, who earned a 3-2 comeback to also establish a 3-2 series lead.
Jaden Schwartz completed the comeback with just 15 seconds left, but the most dramatic goal was Brayden Schenn’s game-tying marker. It was scored as the net was coming off, prompting a lengthy review. It was ultimately ruled a goal on the basis that Jets blueliner Dustin Byfuglien shoved St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist into the net to dislodge it.
It’s also worth noting that the home team has lost all five games of that series. Now Winnipeg needs to keep that trend going in Game 6 or begin their exit interviews.
GAME 4: CAROLINA 2 WASHINGTON 1 (Series tied at 2-2)
Warren Foegele got the Hurricanes on the board just 17 seconds into the game. It was his third goal and fifth point in four playoff games.
Teuvo Teravainen scored the game-winning goal. He has a goal and an assist in four postseason contests.
Washington’s lone goal was scored on the power play by Alex Ovechkin. He’s got two goals and four points in four playoff contests.
Braden Holtby stopped 22 of 24 Hurricanes shots. He has a 2-2 record, 3.00 GAA, and .905 save percentage in four starts.
At the other end of the ice, Petr Mrazek turned aside 30 of 31 shots. He’s allowed just one goal over his last two starts.
GAME 5: ST. LOUIS 3 WINNIPEG 2 (Blues lead series 3-2)
Winnipeg jumped out to an early lead thanks to an Adam Lowry goal just 12 seconds into the contest. It was Lowry’s first goal and point of the series.
Winnipeg held a 2-0 lead going into the third period. Ryan O’Reilly got the Blues on the board at 1:29 of the third period and then Brayden Schenn tied the contest at 13:52. Schenn also registered an assist after being held off the scoresheet for the first four games of the series.
Jaden Schwartz scored the game-winning goal with just 15 seconds left in the contest. He has a goal and two points in five playoff games.
Jordan Binnington stopped 29 of 31 shots Thursday night. He’s 3-2 with a 2.75 GAA and .908 save percentage in the playoffs.
Connor Hellebuyck saved 26 of 29 Blues shots. He was beaten three times on eight shots in the third period.
GAME 5: SAN JOSE 5 VEGAS 2 (Golden Knights lead series 3-2)
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 24 of 28 Sharks shots. He’s surrendered at least three goals in four of five games in Round 1.
Tomas Hertl scored a pair of goals for San Jose. He’s up to four goals and five points in five games.
Joe Pavelski scored a goal and registered an assist. The Sharks forward has two goals and four points in five contests.
Martin Jones saved 30 of 32 shots last night. He bounced back after surrendering an ugly 11 goals on 54 shots over his last three games.