Ryan O'Reilly jumpstarted the St. Louis Blues by scoring 43 seconds into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and then scored the game-winner at 10:38 of the third period in a 4-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at Enterprise Center on Monday.
O'Reilly is the second player in Blues history to score at least two goals in one Stanley Cup Final game (Red Berenson scored twice in Game 3 of the 1968 Final at the Montreal Canadiens). The center helped the Blues to their first ever Cup Final win on home ice and even the best-of-7 series with Game 5 at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Minutes after Blues legend Brett Hull pumped up the sold-out crowd, O'Reilly scored the eighth opening-minute goal of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and third by a Blues skater (Jaden Schwartz, 23 seconds, Game 6 of Western Conference First Round; Ivan Barbashev, 35 seconds, Game 4 of Western Conference Final). St. Louis is 3-0 in those games.
For the 10th time in the past 12 years, the Final will require at least six games and 26th time it's been tied 2-2 since the best-of-7 format was established in 1939. The team that tied the series has won the Cup in 10 of the previous 25 seasons and three of the past five (2011, 2013, 2015).
Video: Ryan O'Reilly does it all in Blues 4-2 Game 4 victory
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington made 21 saves after allowing five goals in Game 3. He's 7-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage following a loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and his 14 wins are one from matching the NHL rookie record for the most in one postseason shared by Patrick Roy (1986), Ron Hextall (1987), Cam Ward (2006) and Matt Murray (2016).
Tarasenko, Pietrangelo stellar for Blues
Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 11th goal of the 2019 playoffs and 33rd in 67 NHL postseason games. He's two goals from Hull's single-postseason Blues record (13 in 1990) and tying Bernie Federko (35) for second-most by a Blues player behind Hull's 67. Tarasenko is also second with 33 NHL playoff goals since 2014 to Alex Ovechkin's 34.
Alex Pietrangelo had two assists in Game 4 and 13 in the playoffs, tied with O'Reilly for the Blues lead and two from Federko's team record of 15 set in 1982. The defenseman led all skaters with 29:37 of ice time, his third-most in the playoffs behind the 35:20 in a double-overtime victory against the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the second round and 31:57 in the overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the conference final.
Video: BOS@STL, Gm4: Tarasenko buries rebound from the slot
Bruins powered by depth
Brandon Carlo tied Game 4 at 2-2 with a shorthanded goal at 14:19 of the second period to become the Bruins' 20th different goal scorer this postseason. Six other NHL teams have reached that mark: the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers (21), 1984 Edmonton Oilers (20), 1986 Blues (20), 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins (20), 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs (20) and 1995 New Jersey Devils (20).
Carlo's shorthanded goal was the first by a defenseman in the Stanley Cup Final since Scott Niedermayer for the Devils in Game 6 of the 2000 Final against the Stars.
Charlie Coyle became the third player in as many seasons to score in three straight games of the Cup Final, joining Jake Guentzel of the Penguins in 2017 and Devante Smith-Pelly of the Washington Capitals in 2018. Two have done it for the Bruins: Roy Conacher (four straight in 1939) and Johnny Bucyk (four in a row in 1970).
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