Canucks: Vancouver Eliminates St. Louis, Will Face Vegas in Round Two

The Vancouver Canucks have eliminated the St. Louis Blues from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-2 win Friday night.

Vancouver took the first round series four games to two, knocking out the defending Stanley Cup champions with a total team effort.

Jay Beagle opened the scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal, his first of the post-season.

Antoine Roussel, Troy Stecher, and Brock Boeser had the second period goals to give the Canucks a 4-0 lead going into the intermission. Brandon Sutter and Elias Pettersson had two assists apiece, while defenceman Quinn Hughes continued to put up points with another helper.

Jaden Schwartz ruined the shutout bid for Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom with a goal six and a half minutes into the third and St. Louis tried to rally, with head coach Craig Berube pulling the goalie with over eight minutes left in the game.

But he changed his mind and Tyler Motte elected to score a fifth goal for the Canucks from an assist by Jay Beagle.

Schwartz would score again with under two minutes to go, but Motte added an empty-netter to seal things up.

Berube gave Jordan Binnington the Game Six start and it proved controversial, to say the least. Jake Allen had seemingly snagged the starting gig, but the bench boss made his decision clear. Binnington was chased from Friday’s game after allowing four Canucks goals on 18 shots.

Previously, the goalie allowed nine goals on 47 shots in Game One and Game Two of the series. He didn’t record a win in this year’s playoffs.

St. Louis had the shots edge in Game Six, 36-25, but Markstrom was equal to the task and made critical saves when they mattered most.

The Canucks will face off against the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round, with Game One set for Sunday.

Image: Darryl Dyck/CP

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