The St. Louis Blues got a huge 2-1 win on Thursday night to put themselves one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, but their win over the Boston Bruins did not come without controversy. The opening goal was scored by Ryan O’Reilly, who beautifully wedged in a shot after a creative assist from Zach Sanford afforded him the opportunity.
That came just seconds into the second period. It was the second goal, though, coming in the third period, that raised eyebrows and ultimately gave the Blues what could be a decisive advantage in the series. The goal, scored by David Perron and assisted by the brilliant O’Reilly, was only allowed to have happened after an obvious tripping call was missed. This is sure to be a talking point for days to come, and it was enough to make sure the Blues had a big enough pad to go on and win Game 5. A consolation goal by Jake DeBrusk made it 2-1 and gave the Bruins six minutes and change to come back, but the damage had been done. Jordan Binnington finished the game with 39 saves, truly showing he’s rebounded from the nightmare 7-2 defeat.