The St. Louis Blues tied their record for road wins in one Stanley Cup Playoff season when they defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-2 at SAP Center on Monday and evened the best-of-7 Western Conference Final at 1-1.
It was the Blues' sixth victory in eight road games during the 2019 playoffs, matching their total in 2016, when they also advanced to the conference final but lost to the Sharks in six games.
Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo's first NHL playoff goal at 16:34 of the second period put the Blues ahead 3-2 and helped them even a best-of-7 series 1-1 for the 14th time since entering the NHL in 1967. Bortuzzo scored his 15th goal (regular season and playoffs combined) in his 366th game (335 regular season, 31 postseason).
Game 3 is at Enterprise Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN360, TVAS). When a best-of-7 conference final/semifinals series is tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner is 54-17 (76.1 percent).
Forward Jaden Schwartz scored at 2:34 of the first period for the Blues, giving him nine goals in 15 playoff games after he scored 11 in 69 games during the regular season. Schwartz is one shy of becoming the fourth player in Blues history to score at least 10 goals in one playoff season.
Jordan Binnington made 24 saves and is 9-6 in his first NHL postseason. After setting a Blues rookie single-season record for wins (24-5-1), he is one shy of becoming the 10th rookie goalie in NHL history to earn at least 10 victories in a single postseason. The record is 15, shared by Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens, 1986), Ron Hextall (Philadelphia Flyers 1987), Cam Ward (Carolina Hurricanes, 2006) and Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins, 2016).
Video: Blues even series at one thanks to their defensemen
Couture reaches 100-point milestone with Sharks
Center Logan Couture scored San Jose's two goals in a span of 1:59 during the second period, becoming the 11th active player to have at least 100 postseason points (47 goals, 53 assists). Since Couture entered the NHL in 2009-10, the only players with more playoff points are Penguins center Sidney Crosby (123), Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (109) and Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (106).
The multigoal game was the fourth of the playoffs for Couture, who leads all players in goals (13) and points (19). He is one goal shy of the Sharks' single-season postseason record of 14 set by forward Joe Pavelski in 2016. The NHL record is 19, set by Reggie Leach of the Flyers in 1976 and matched by Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers in 1985.
Hurricanes host Bruins in Game 3 of East Final
The Hurricanes will try to remain the only team undefeated at home in the 2019 playoffs when they host the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at PNC Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The Hurricanes are 5-0 at home through the first two rounds but trail the Bruins 2-0 in the best-of-7 series after losing the first two games at Boston. Carolina won its first-round series against the Washington Capitals after losing the first two games. Only the 2011 Bruins (Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and Stanley Cup Final) and 2009 Penguins (Eastern Conference Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final) have come back after losing the first two games to win multiple series in one playoff season.
Boston will try to take 3-0 lead in the series. The Bruins are 19-1 when taking a 3-0 series lead. Their lone loss came against the Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when they won Games 1 and 2 at TD Garden.
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