NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
St. Louis 0 2 2 4
Colorado 0 0 1 1
Series tied 1-1
Three Stars
1: David Perron, StL (2G)
2: Jordan Binnington, StL (30 Saves)
3: Gabriel Landeskog, Col (1G)
6:30 PM PT7:30 PM MT8:30 PM CT9:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)21:30 ET22:30 BRT, May 19, 2022
Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 18,117

Blues not panicking going into Game 2 vs. Avs

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche

  1. Colorado is 5-0 in the 2022 playoffs. The only other time the Nordiques or Avalanche won their first five (or more) games of a playoff year was 12 months ago, when they began the 2021 playoffs with a six-game winning streak (four vs. St. Louis, two vs. Vegas)
  2. Colorado's two overtime goals in this year's playoffs were both scored by defensemen: Cale Makar in Game 2 vs. Nashville and Josh Manson in Game 1 of this series. Only two of the 41 playoff overtime goals by Nordiques or Avalanche players before this year were scored by defensemen, both in 1996 (Sandis Ozolinsh at Chicago, Uwe Krupp's Cup-winner at Florida).
  3. Jordan Binnington made 51 saves in his overtime loss in Game 1. It was the fifth time a Blues goaltender made 50 or more saves in one playoff games. The other Blues goalies with 50-save performances in the playoffs (all in OT games) are Ed Staniowski (54 saves in a game in 1976), Curtis Joseph (two: 61 and 57, both in 1993) and Jake Allen (51 in 2017).
  4. Ryan O'Reilly's five-game goal streak ties a Blues record for one playoff year, a mark set by Phil Roberto in 1972 and previously equaled by Joe Mullen in 1982. Since 2007, the only NHL player with a goal streak of six games or longer in one playoff year is Brayden Point, who scored in nine consecutive playoff games for Tampa Bay in 2021.
  5. Nathan MacKinnon has 37 shots on goal in Colorado's five playoff games this year. (No other Avs player has more than 24 shots.) Since 1960, the only other time an NHL player had 37 or more shots on goal in his first five games of a playoff year was when Alex Ovechkin put 38 shots on target for the Capitals in 2009.
  6. Valeri Nichushkin has scored one goal in each of the Avs' last three games. Nichushkin had scored a goal in only three of his 44 NHL playoff games (four total goals) before his streak began in Game 3 against Nashville, and he had never scored in consecutive playoff games.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

A layoff of eight days didn't seem to bother the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series against St. Louis on Tuesday night.

They put 54 shots on goal, hit three posts and the crossbar twice before beating the Blues 3-2 in overtime.

Now the host Avalanche will try to take a 2-0 series lead in Game 2 on Thursday night in Denver.

Colorado's roster is packed with stars but it was the supporting cast that scored goals in Game 1. Valeri Nichushkin and Sam Girard scored in regulation, and Josh Manson got his first career playoff goal in overtime.

"Val is a train," Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "He's been so good for us and keeps finding ways to be super effective for us and score big goals. ... In playoff games, every goal is massive, and it just brings out that emotion in you."

Girard was seen heading to get X-rays after the game but Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Wednesday morning that he was fine.

Manson wasn't even part of the team three months ago but general manager Joe Sakic traded for the veteran defenseman to bolster the depth on the blueline. He is paired with Girard and gives Colorado a contrast in size. Manson is listed as 6-feet-3, 224 pounds while Girard is 5-10 and 170 pounds.

The Avalanche dominated most of Game 1 -- including a 13-0 shot advantage in overtime -- but came close to falling behind in the series. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington had 51 saves and nearly stole the game, but Colorado is not panicking.

"Their goalie played really good for them," said Landeskog, who had an assist on the game winner. "He made some saves that we feel like we had empty nets and he stuck a leg out or a hand out or whatever. He played really well."

St. Louis has lost eight straight playoff games to the Avalanche dating to the 2001 Western Conference finals, and it has lost three in a row to them overall this season. Despite that record of futility, the Blues aren't concerned after one game, just focusing on what to do better.

"There's a lot of things that we can improve on. It's a long series," defenseman Colton Parayko said. "They have a good team, they're fast. We have a good team. We've been a good team all season long so I expect there to be a lot of close games and it's going to be a tight series. Just look at the positives, drop the negatives and move on."

St. Louis hopes defensemen Marco Scandella and Torey Krug can return from their lower-body injuries soon. Scandella has not played since Game 4 of the first-round victory over Minnesota and Krug has been out since Game 3.

Despite the injuries and the recent postseason dominance over the Blues, Colorado has a healthy respect for the 2019 Stanley Cup champs.

"We didn't make a lot of mistakes, but that's one thing about St. Louis: Even if they're not at their best, if you make any mistakes, they can win being opportunistic," Bednar said.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 19, 2022

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