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Winnipeg 2, St. Louis 1
When: 9:30 PM ET, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Marc Joannette, Jon McIsaac
Linesmen: Derek Amell, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 18346

Kyle Connor scored the overtime winner as the visiting Winnipeg Jets erased a third-period deficit to claim a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night and even their opening-round Western Conference playoff series at two wins apiece.

Game 5 will be Thursday in Winnipeg. Curiously, the road team has won all four games so far in the series between the Central Division rivals who finished even with 99 points in the regular season.

Off the rush in the extra frame, Mark Scheifele was denied on a golden chance, but he had the presence of mind to feed the puck to the slot for a wide-open Connor to bury the winner at 6:02.

It was the first-ever playoff overtime victory in Jets franchise history.

After the game was scoreless through 40 minutes, Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko broke the deadlock with a power-play goal 35 seconds into the third period. Tarasenko was set up at the point before he unloaded a top-shelf, glove-side rocket from just inside the circle for his second man-advantage marker in as many games.

However, Scheifele evened the count at 7:33 of the period with a nifty play. Amidst a rush up the ice, Scheifele completed a give-and-go with Connor by redirecting the shot-pass into the top corner.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler also collected two points.

Despite the low scoring, there was some phenomenal goaltending from both squads.

Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck held the fort in the early going as the hosts collected the first eight shots on goal. Hellebuyck was even bigger late in the second period when he delivered scintillating saves on Robert Thomas and David Perron. Hellebuyck finished with 31 saves in his best performance of this year's playoffs.

Not to be outdone, Blues rookie Jordan Binnington answered with authority any questions regarding his ability to regroup after surrendering six goals in Game 3. He was rock solid in making 37 saves, with a key stop on Patrik Laine moments after the Jets made it 1-1.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Winnipeg   St. Louis
Kyle Connor 2 Points Vladimir Tarasenko 1
Kyle Connor 1 Goals Vladimir Tarasenko 1
Blake Wheeler 2 Assists Ryan O'Reilly 1
N/A Power Play Goals Vladimir Tarasenko 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Connor Hellebuyck .969 Save Percentage Jordan Binnington .949
Connor Hellebuyck 31 Saves Jordan Binnington 37
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 39 2 0-1 1-2 4 24
St. Louis 32 1 1-2 1-1 2 38
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Blues have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .605 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Jets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .667 after a loss.