Tyler Motte scored two goals, and the Vancouver Canucks put the St. Louis Blues on the brink of elimination in a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday.
J.T. Miller and Jake Virtanen each had a goal and an assist, and Jacob Markstrom made 36 saves for Vancouver, the No. 5 seed in the West, which trailed 3-1 before scoring three times in 6:23 of the second period.
Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn scored, and Jake Allen made 26 saves for St. Louis, the defending Stanley Cup champions and No. 4 seed in the West.
Teams that win Game 5 to take the lead are 211-58 (78.4 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series. Game 6 will be in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Friday (9:45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, FS-SW).
Motte’s second goal off a turnover gave Vancouver a 4-3 lead at 18:17 of the second after Virtanen tied the game 3-3 at 16:08.
Miller got the Canucks within 3-2 at 11:54.
Zach Sanford scored a power-play goal with a wrist shot at 5:51 of the second to give the Blues a 3-1 lead.
O’Reilly scored on a wraparound that went off Jordie Benn‘s stick to make it 2-1 with 29 seconds left in the first period. It was his fourth goal in four games.
Schenn tied the game 1-1 at 15:41 of the first with a shot from the slot after entering the zone on a line change.
Motte scored shorthanded to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 13:15 of the first after Alex Pietrangelo‘s stick broke on a one-timer attempt.
Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler left the game with 1:29 remaining in the second period after his face was cut by Jordan Kyrou‘s skate.