NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019: Stars vs. Blues, Game 4 Preview

NHL playoffs 2019: Blues' Jordan Binnington loses cool at end of second period in Game 4

NHL playoffs 2019: Blues' Jordan Binnington loses cool at end of second period in Game 4

D Colton Parayko and C Ryan O'Reilly share the Blues' team lead with four points each.Dallas D Esa Lindell leads his team and the series with 105:04 of ice time through four games. "I think what it comes down to is personally guys elevating their game". Neither the Blues nor the Stars lost in that round again, each winning Games 5 and 6 to advance and meet one another. The Blues came away with a big win 4-3 to stretch their lead in the series 2-1. It's been hard to get a strong feel on this series with so many twists and turns, but I'll side with the Blues on their home ice because of how consistent they've been in the favorite role.

Although the Blues opened up the scoring in this game, they quite simply were not in this game. As a member of the San Antonio Rampage, Binnington got into a scrap against the Stars' AHL affiliate Texas in November after slashing Joel L'Esperance following a goal.

Binnington stopped 27 shots, including a backhander by Andrew Cogliano, a breakaway by Miro Heiskanen and another charge by the Dickinson-Seguin line on shifts before Klingberg's second goal of the playoffs - he had the overtime victor in Game 6 against Nashville that clinched the first-round series. "We just have to stay in control", Binnington said. A controversial interference call on Tyler Bozak with just under three minutes left in the third period put the Stars on the Power Play, and with less than a minute left in the first, Dallas' Jason Spezza scored to put the Stars ahead. Dallas outshot St. Louis 26-17 in the first two periods.

The Carolina Hurricanes moved to within one win of a series sweep over the New York Islanders on Wednesday, surging to a 5-2 victory in game three of their Stanley Cup playoff duel.

Binnington wasn't done, however; he skated toward the Blues' exit to the locker room and took a big whack at Stars netminder Ben Bishop, earning another two minutes. "I think the first two periods for sure". But the Stars scored twice later in the first period to take the lead for good.

Binnington and Benn each received two-minute penalties for roughing after the altercation. The blood was boiling after David Perron earlier slashed Bishop on the back as the Dallas goalie was behind his net playing the puck. Perron had a shot in the second period that hit the left post. Dallas had been successful on 23 of 24 penalty kills this postseason before Tarasenko's goal. St. Louis went without a goalie for an extra skater in the final few minutes but the Dallas defense held the two-goal lead.