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Blues rally past Jets in Game 1

Perron, Bozak score for St. Louis in third period; Binnington makes 24 saves

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

Bozak nets late go-ahead goal

STL@WPG, Gm1: Bozak pots Maroon's feed for late lead

R1, Gm1: Pat Maroon sends a pass from behind the net to Tyler Bozak, who rips a snap shot home to give the Blues a 2-1 lead late in the 3rd

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WINNIPEG -- Tyler Bozak scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:05 remaining for the St. Louis Blues in a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday.

Bozak scored from the right hash marks after receiving a pass from Pat Maroon behind Winnipeg's net. 

"Just try and find the soft areas on the ice," Bozak said. "I had a lot of chances tonight so I knew the puck was kind of following me around a bit. It's always fun when that happens, so after the few I missed it was definitely nice to get one in there."

 

[WATCH: Blues vs. Jets Game 1 highlights | Complete series coverage]

 

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is in Winnipeg on Friday.

Video: STL@WPG, Gm1: Perron buries shot after face-off win

Jordan Binnington, who made 24 saves in his first start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, stopped Mark Scheifele with his right pad on a one-timer from the left circle with 13 seconds remaining.

"That buzzer couldn't have come sooner," Binnington said. "We were just battling throughout in our D-zone. It was a grind right until the end, so it was a good win."

Patrik Laine gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead at 13:28 of the first period, taking a pass from Bryan Little in the high slot and beating Binnington glove side.

"We had a pretty solid game," Laine said. "We lost their guys in the third a couple of times and they got some good chances. They were able to score two, but overall, for two periods, we played some good hockey. It's a frustrating loss, but we've got to focus on Game 2."

David Perron tied it 1-1 at 4:05 of the third period when his shot from the right point made it through traffic before going under the arm of Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who made 24 saves.

"We just kept climbing, climbing, grinding," Perron said. "Our second intermission, I thought we were calm and composed in here. It was good to see. Obviously, a lot of nerves to start the game. We put pucks deep, didn't make too many plays early on, but that's something we have to adjust and be confident to make those plays to allow us to have chances and score goals." 

Video: STL@WPG, Gm1: Binnington preserves lead with pad stop

 

They said it

"It's funny, I told [Bozak] right before his shift, I said, 'You're not going to miss again,' because he missed two chances before that. I said, 'You're not going to miss three times,' and he buried that one high blocker, I think, so that was awesome for us." -- Blues forward David Perron

"It was good playoff hockey. It wasn't an open game, and none of them are going to be. It's not breaking loose in this series. It's going to look almost like that right through. Just take one or two of their chances away from them a night, the ones you think you can clean up, and then make good on yours." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"They're obviously a good team and you don't want to give them too much time and space. We worked really hard today, we played good, so we need to show who we are and bounce back next game." -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers 

 

Need to know

Hellebuyck has lost his past five playoff starts. … Laine's goal was his first in seven games and second in his past 20 dating back to the regular season. … Bozak's goal was the fourth-latest game-winning goal in regulation in Blues playoff history. … An NHL team that wins Game 1 has a best-of-7 series record of 467-214 (.686).

 

What's next

Game 2 of Western Conference First Round on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS, FS-MW)

Video: Bozak's late goal leads Blues past Jets in Game 1

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