Blues win Game 4 against Canucks, even Western First Round series


Ryan O’Reilly had two goals and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in Game 4 to even the Western Conference First Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.

Jake Allen made 22 saves, and Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, the No. 4 seed in the West. David Perron had two assists.

Allen, who made 39 saves in a 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 on Sunday, made back-to-back starts for the first time since March 30-31, 2018.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2. Game 5 will be in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, FS-MW).

J.T. Miller scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves for Vancouver, the No. 5 seed in the West.

The Canucks were 0-for-7 on the power play; they were 6-for-11 through the first three games.

The team that wins Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead is 211-58 (78.4 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

O’Reilly scored a power-play goal on a rebound of Pietrangelo’s shot off the end boards to give the Blues a 1-0 lead at 16:43 of the first.

Miller tied it 40 seconds into the second period when he tipped Alexander Edler‘s point shot to make it 1-1.

O’Reilly’s second of the game gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 6:52 of the second. He got the puck in the left circle, skated in and put a backhand over Markstrom’s left shoulder.

Pietrangelo made it 3-1 when his pass attempt hit Edler’s skate and went past Markstrom at 15:47 of the second.

St. Louis was 2-for-5 on the power play after it scored twice in 11 opportunities in the first three games of the series.

Blues forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen were unfit to play for a second straight game.

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