The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs have unfortunately had more than its fair share of controversial calls. The St. Louis Blues were on the bad end of a particularly rough one during the Western Conference Final when there was no call on a hand pass and that led to San Jose scoring an overtime winner against them. On Thursday, there was a major no call that ended up in the Blues’ favor.
Tyler Bozak tripped Noel Acciari midway through the third period in the Bruins’ zone. However, the call was missed and David Perron scored a goal on the play. That proved to be the winner in St. Louis’ 2-1 victory over Boston in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
It was the defining play, but of course, that wasn’t the only factor Thursday night. Jordan Binnington played incredibly on the road and Boston failed to capitalize on its three power-play opportunities.
Boston is now trailing 3-2 in the series. That’s obviously an extremely difficult position to be in, but at least the Bruins have overcome this deficit in recent memory. They were down 3-2 in Round 1 against Toronto and they bounced back then.
ST. LOUIS 2 BOSTON 1 (Blues lead series 3-2)
As mentioned above, David Perron scored the game-winning goal. It was his seventh marker and 14th point in 24 contests.
Ryan O'Reilly scored a goal and registered an assist. He’s on a four-game point streak, giving him six goals and 20 points in 24 playoff games this year.
Alex Pietrangelo contributed an assist for St. Louis. That gives him two goals and 16 points in 24 contests.
Jake DeBrusk netted the Bruins’ lone goal. He’s up to four goals and 10 points in 22 games.
Torey Krug assisted on DeBrusk’s marker. Krug has two goals and 17 points in 22 postseason contests.
Tuukka Rask saved 19 of 21 shots last night. He has a 14-8 record, 1.97 GAA, and .937 save percentage in 22 contests.
Jordan Binnington stopped 38 of 39 Bruins shots. He improved to a 15-7 record, 2.46 GAA, and .913 save percentage in 24 games.