Canucks knock out Blues in Game 6, win Western First Round series


Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves, and the Vancouver Canucks eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-2 victory in Game 6 to win their Western Conference First Round Series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday.

Vancouver, the No. 5 seed, will play the No. 1 seed Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Second Round. It is the first time the Canucks have advanced past the first round since 2011, when they lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.

Jordan Binnington, who was making his first start since Game 2, allowed four goals on 18 shots before being pulled in the second period for the Blues, the No. 4 seed. He was replaced by Jake Allen, who made five saves.

Binnington was 0-5-0 in the playoffs and allowed 19 goals in his final four starts.

Jay Beagle gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead 3:45 into the first period with a shot from the slot off a giveaway.

Antoine Roussel made it 2-0 with a shot from the low slot at 2:09 of the second period following a turnover by Vince Dunn.

Troy Stecher‘s one-timer extended the lead to 3-0 at 6:49, and Brock Boeser beat Binnington short side with a one-timer from the left circle on the power play to make it 4-0 at 8:06.

Jaden Schwartz cut it to 4-1 at 6:32 of the third, but Tyler Motte scored on a 2-on-1 to make it 5-1 at 13:19.

Schwartz scored again at 18:38 with Allen pulled for the extra skater to make it 5-2 before Motte scored into an empty net at 19:10 for the 6-2 final.

This was the final game of the first round. It is the second time since 2002 that the first round did not have a Game 7 played (also 2017).

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