BOSTON -- Jordan Binnington made 38 saves in a brilliant performance, and David Perron scored a controversial third-period goal as the St. Louis Blues held off the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday.
Binnington tied the NHL rookie record for most wins by a goaltender in a single postseason with his 15th as the Blues seized a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series. They will look to win their first title in franchise history when play shifts back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Sunday night.
Jake DeBrusk scored the Bruins' lone goal with 6:28 remaining in the third period. The play was made possible by Torey Krug, who while being high-sticked to the face — a minor penalty was being called — kept the puck in the zone and fed DeBrusk at the left circle. He one-timed the puck past Binnington.
The deciding goal, which put St. Louis ahead 2-0 at 10:36 of the third period, was controversial. The Blues’ Tyler Bozak took down the Bruins’ Noel Acciari and as the Garden crowd screamed for a tripping call -- none was forthcoming -- David Perron collected the loose puck and banked home a shot off the pad of goalie Tuukka Rask (18 saves).
Ryan O’Reilly, with help from New Hampshire’s Zach Sanford, scored his sixth goal of the playoffs, his third in the last two games, to give the Blues a 1-0 lead at the 55-second mark of the second period. O’Reilly took a no-look, between-the-skates pass from Sanford, a former Pinkerton Academy star who grew up in Auburn, and deked Rask before lifting home a backhand.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played despite sustaining a reported broken jaw on a puck to the face during the second period of Game 4. Chara was on the ice for nearly 17 minutes.
The Bruins dressed seven defensemen, with Steven Kampfer subbing for forward David Backes. Matt Grzelcyk, a game-time decision after returning to practice Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in Game 2, was once again out of the lineup.