Bozak ends rally with OT goal, Blues beat Avs 5-4 in Game 5

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The hats touched the ice. It wouldn’t be enough.

Thomas drew with Husso on the bench for an extra skater, setting the stage for Bozak.

Game 6 is Friday in St. Louis.

The Blues have recovered from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series twice in their history – 1999 against Phoenix and 1991 against Detroit.

Captain Gabriel Landeskog also scored and Bowen Byram had two assists for the Avalanche, who were on course to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2002.

Instead, they have to wait – and ask questions. The second round proved to be a big hurdle for the Avalanche. They have been eliminated at this point in each of the past three playoffs.

Husso made 30 saves for St. Louis. He took over in Game 3 when Jordan Binnington was injured following a collision between Nazem Kadri and Blues defender Calle Rosen which caused Kadri to crash into Binnington.

Afterwards, Kadri received racist death threats on social media, which led to increased security to protect him. He responded in Game 4 with a hat trick. On Wednesday, fans along the signs held up signs that read “Stand with Naz.”

Kuemper stopped 25 shots.

MacKinnon came out on top in the first period, taking five shots and scoring twice to give Colorado a 2-0 lead. Those are the first two goals of the series for MacKinnon, who has seven in the playoffs.

The speedy MacKinnon also had an assist to give him 82 career playoff points. He became the fourth player in franchise history with 80 or more playoff points, joining the company of Sakic (188), Peter Forsberg (159) and Peter Stastny (81).

Additionally, he tied friend and training partner Sidney Crosby for the fourth-fewest games (59) to reach the 80-point plateau, according to NHL Stats. The only ones to accomplish the feat faster were Wayne Gretzky (37), Mario Lemieux (40) and Jari Kurri (57).

After Landeskog made it 3-0 just over 4 minutes into the second period, Tarasenko scored his first goal of the series 10 1/2 minutes later to revive the Blues.

BÉRUBE’S OPINION

Blues manager Craig Berube opened his pre-match interview with reporters on Wednesday by condemning the racist threats made against Kadri.

“It’s in no way acceptable to the St. Louis Blues or anyone else for him to go through this,” Berube said. “Being a Native American myself, I’ve heard it all. I went around it. It is not a good thing.

THE RETURN OF MARCO

Blues defenseman Marco Scandella returned to the lineup after leaving the Minnesota series due to injury.

“You work all year to get to that point, get to the playoffs, earn a spot in the playoffs and not make it, obviously it’s not easy,” Scandella said.

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Pat Graham, The Associated Press

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