NHL·GAME 2

Blues head home with 2-0 series lead over Jets

Oskar Sundqvist scored twice to propel the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday in Game 2 of their Western Conference opening-round playoff series.

Oskar Sundqvist strikes twice for St. Louis; Game 3 on Sunday

St. Louis Blues centre Oskar Sundqvist (70) celebrates scoring on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck during the second period in Winnipeg on Friday. (John Woods/Canadian Press)

Oskar Sundqvist only had two shots on net Friday, but he made the most of them.

The St. Louis forward scored twice to propel the Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of their Western Conference opening-round playoff series.

The Blues lead the best-of-seven matchup 2-0 and host Game 3 on Sunday.

"I was actually trying to go low blocker on the first one. I think it went under his arm," Sundqvist said of Winnipeg netminder Connor Hellebuyck.

"The second one, I actually wanted five-hole and he kept standing up so it's nice to see that one go in, too."

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Pat Maroon and Ryan O'Reilly, with the game-winner, also scored for St. Louis.

Rookie netminder Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the visitors.

"It's a hard barn to play in, but to take two is a really good sign for this team. But that doesn't mean nothing, we've got to focus on Game 3 right now," said Maroon.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and one assist for Winnipeg. Patrik Laine also scored and Dustin Byfuglien contributed a pair of assists.

"You've got to win four games to win a series. I've never met any team that won two to win a series. So we're all right," Wheeler said.

Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots and wasn't showing any discouragement.

"They haven't won," Hellebuyck said. "We've got a lot of heart in here and we're going to fight. Every inch. Every battle."

O'Reilly gave the Blues the 4-3 lead at 3:46 of the third when he used Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot as a screen to beat Hellebuyck on the blocker side. It was his first playoff goal since 2014 while he was with Colorado.

"I think lots of times you practise that [kind] of shooting through something," O'Reilly said. "It's obviously a great pass by [Jay Bouwmeester], kind of put me in there in a good spot and I'm just trying to get through on to the net.

"It was obviously a big play that was nice to have."

St. Louis quieted down the crowd by responding with goals by Maroon and Sundqvist by the 9:50 mark, but Scheifele stepped up with a power-play goal to tie it 3-3 with 1:05 left in the second.

"Both teams have played pretty well," Jets defenceman Tyler Myers said. "It just hasn't gone our way. We've got to outwork them in Game 3."

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