ST. Luis – Jordan Binnington made 29 bailouts to set a record for his 10th victory in this season, while St. Louis Blues lifted San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday evening even in the final of the two-match Western Conference.
Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Blues, giving Binnington all the points he needed.
Thomas Herth scored for the sharks, and Martin Jones made 20 saves.
Game 5 is in San Jose on Sunday.
Barbashev gave a quick lead to Blues when his shot deviated from Gustav Nyquist's hand and took only 35 seconds in the net. Checking the Brent Burns helicopter behind the Sharks network created a turnover that led to Barbashev's first goal.
There were seven goals scored at the start of the playoffs this year, with three of them against San Jose – most since Boston Bruins allowed four at the Stanley Cup in 2011.
The blues needed only 9 seconds to become a power play, with Bozak's shot through a few skates and Jones's past to make 2: 0 with 2:07 to the left.
San Jose tilted the ice to his advantage in the second period, but Binnington stopped all 11 shots that the Sharks sent. Burns had the best chance of the Sharks, heading for the crossbar with about three minutes in the period.
Hertl hit his home with a bounce from Burns on the second game of the sharks at 6:48 in the third period to reduce the behavior of the blue to 2-1. The goal made the horda turn into a non-score in 226 minutes, 48 seconds in matches 4 in a series of playoffs dating back to the last year's post-season.
FACE IN THE KORADA
Football star Becky Sayerbrunn was in the game. The US national team of the United States played friendly with New Zealand at Bush Stadium on Thursday night.
NOTES: Blues and sharks entered the game with 42 points each in the playoffs, the most in the NHL. … Blues D Vince Dunn, who was hit in the face of the washer in Game 3, was replaced in the composition by Carl Gunnarsson.