BOSTON -- Jordan Binnington made 38 saves in a brilliant performance, and David Perron scored a controversial third-period goal as the St. Louis Blues held off the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday.
Binnington tied the NHL rookie record for most wins by a goaltender in a single postseason with his 15th as the Blues seized a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series. They will look to win their first title in franchise history when play shifts back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Sunday.
Jake DeBrusk scored the Bruins' lone goal with 6:28 remaining in the third period. It came about three minutes after Perron netted the game-winner following an apparent missed call by the referees.
With the Bruins' Noel Acciari down on the ice after what appeared to be a trip Tyler Bozak, Perron scored with 9:24 to play. A penalty was never called, the goal stood and fans responded by raining rally towels onto the ice.
The controversy sullied the good mood that had been in the building due to Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who played despite sustaining a reported broken jaw on a puck to the face during the second period of Game 4. Chara was on the ice for nearly 17 minutes.
Rask had 19 saves in the loss. Boston pulled him with just over a minute left but came up empty.
After a scoreless first that featured big stops from both Binnington and Rask, St. Louis broke through just 55 seconds into the second period. Positioned in front of the net, Ryan O'Reilly backhanded the puck over the glove of Rask off a through-the-legs feed from Zach Sanford.
Bruins forward David Krejci kept it a 1-0 game with a desperation save late in the second period, as he slid behind Rask to stop Bozak's shot from the right angle.
The Bruins nearly tied it when they got a puck on the goal line with 13 minutes left in the third, but replay confirmed Binnington never let it get over the threshold.
The Bruins dressed seven defensemen, with Steven Kampfer subbing for forward David Backes. Matt Grzelcyk, a game-time decision after returning to practice Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in Game 2, was once again out of the lineup.
--By Kyle Brasseur, Field Level Media