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Jets even series with Game 4 OT win against Blues

Connor scores at 6:02; Hellebuyck makes 31 saves for Winnipeg

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

Connor nets OT winner

WPG@STL, Gm4: Connor wins it in OT for Jets

R1, Gm4: Kyle Connor taps in a pass from Mark Scheifele to lift the Jets to their first playoff overtime win in club history

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ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Connor scored at 6:02 of overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

Connor scored from the slot off a pass from Mark Scheifele after goalie Jordan Binnington was unable to control the rebound of Scheifele's shot from the left face-off circle.

The Jets have evened the series after being down 2-0.

"It's a sense of relief, a lot of excitement," Connor said. "There's nothing better than to celebrate with teammates all coming in there."

 

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Binnington, who allowed six goals on 29 shots in a 6-3 loss in Game 3 on Sunday, rebounded nicely for St. Louis with 37 saves Tuesday but lost for the first time in back-to-back games this season.

"I can't really remember exactly," Binnington said. "The rebound was there and [Scheifele] kind of passed it in front to Connor and [it] just went in."

Game 5 of the best-of-7 series is at Winnipeg on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVAS).

"It's frustrating," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "We knew it was going to be a hard series, right? We took two in their building so regroup and hopefully steal another one in there."

Vladimir Tarasenko gave the Blues a 1-0 lead on the power play 35 seconds into the third period with a wrist shot from the left circle high over Connor Hellebuyck's glove.

Video: WPG@STL, Gm4: Tarasenko goes top shelf for PPG

Scheifele tied the game 1-1 on a redirection of a Connor centering pass at 7:33.

"Our game got better as the game went on," Scheifele said. "We knew they were going to push, and they pushed all night. They played solid, they made us work for every inch."

Jets forward Brandon Tanev had a breakaway 9:14 into the second period but his backhand clipped the crossbar and went over the net.

The Blues had a chance to win the game late in the third period when Mathieu Perreault was called for tripping with 3:41 remaining but could not convert. The Blues were credited with one shot on the power play.

"I liked our penalty kill, a little bit like our 5-on-5 game ... when we have an opportunity to be aggressive we're picking the right time to do that, and when not, we're patient," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "We're keeping our lanes covered pretty well."

Video: WPG@STL, Gm4: Scheifele tips in Connor's feed

Hellebuyck made 31 saves. Connor and Scheifele each finished with a goal and an assist, and Blake Wheeler had two assists for Winnipeg. 

"It's obviously tough, for sure, but it's a tight series," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "Two good teams. Could have went either way."

 

They said it

"That was our goal coming to St. Louis, to get the series even. We're real happy with the two games we played here. We've kept building as the series has gone on. It's been a real tight series. Every game's been really close. To be able to grind another one is huge." -- Jets forward Adam Lowry 

"Now we're fired up. Obviously we came in here in a hole and with a job to do, and mission accomplished. Those guys are obviously playing awesome and we're playing well and it's a hell of a series." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler

"They had some chances. I think we got away from it a bit in the third. I think both teams controlled parts of the game. It would have been nice to close it out but again, it's an overtime game, it could have gone either way. Have to find a way to regroup for Thursday." -- Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo

 

Need to know

The overtime win was the first in Jets playoff history. They're 1-2, including 1-1 on the road. The Blues are 35-32 all-time in playoff overtime, including 24-15 at home. … Wayne Gretzky was in attendance, sitting in the Blues alumni booth with other former Blues players.

 

What's next

Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bell MTS Place on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVAS)

Video: Jets win Game 4 in OT, even series with Blues

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