Vladimir Tarasenko continued to surge for the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. The forward extended his point streak to eight games (10 points; five goals, five assists) and goal streak to four (six points; four goals, two assists) to help the Blues tie the best-of-7 series 1-1 with a 3-2 overtime win at TD Garden on Wednesday.
The Blues return home for Game 3 at Enterprise Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). One reason why they're three wins from the first Stanley Cup championship in their 52-year history is Tarasenko, whose 33 goals led St. Louis in the regular season and 10 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are two behind Jaden Schwartz for the team lead.
Tarasenko is also one shy of matching Blues playoff records for longest goal streak and point streak. Tony Currie had points in nine straight (16 points; four goals, 12 assists) in 1981, when St. Louis advanced to the Quarterfinals before a six-game loss to the New York Rangers.
His goal streak is second among Russia-born players in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Alexander Mogilny had a five-game goal streak (nine points; seven goals, two assists) in 1993.
Schwartz assisted on Tarasenko's goal at 14:55 of the first period to give him 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 11 postseason games on the road, second in Blues history behind Doug Gilmour's 15 (nine goals, six assists) in 10 games in 1986.
Gunnarsson delivers in overtime
Carl Gunnarsson scored at 3:51 of overtime to give the Blues their first Stanley Cup Final win in the 18,858 days after playing its first regular-season game Oct. 11, 1967. The defenseman had three assists in 56 previous playoff games and is the third player in NHL history to score his first postseason goal in OT of the Final. The others are Cy Wentworth for the 1931 Chicago Black Hawks in Game 3 at the Montreal Canadiens and Brian Skrudland for the 1986 Canadiens in Game 2 at the Calgary Flames.
The Blues are 37-33 (.529) in 70 playoff overtime games, including 12-17 as visitors and 2-2 this season. St. Louis native Pat Maroon scored at 5:50 of the second overtime to give the Blues their seventh series-clinching OT goal in a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round at Enterprise Center on May 7.
Video: STL@BOS, Gm2: Gunnarsson wins it for Blues in OT
Binnington proves resilient again
Jordan Binnington is 6-2 with a 1.84 goals-against average and .935 save percentage following a loss in the 2019 playoffs. Five goalies in NHL history have more wins after defeat within one postseason: Nikolai Khabibulin (8-0 for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004), Ron Hextall (8-2 for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987), Miikka Kiprusoff (8-3 for the Flames in 2004), Marc-Andre Fleury (7-2 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009) and Henrik Lundqvist (7-4 for the Rangers in 2014).
Binnington is 13-8 with a 2.37 GAA, .915 save percentage and one shutout in the playoffs. His 13 wins are the second-most by a rookie in a playoff year -- Patrick Roy, Hextall, Cam Ward and Matt Murray each had 15 -- and sixth on the Blues' all-time list.
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