David Backes scored the Blues’ tying goal with just .8 left on the clock in regulation, leading to a Blues 5-4 shootout win at Boston. The Blues scored two goals in the final 1:20 to force the tie. TJ Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout.
The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins trailed 2-1 before scoring three times in a span of 1:39 late in the third period. Down 4-2, the Blues started their comeback with David Perron’s power-play goal with 1:20 left. Then, the Bruins missed an empty net opportunity and defensemen Barrett Jackman sacrificed his body to block another potential empty-netter.
After that block, the Blues came back on the rush and with the clock ticking away, Backes saw the puck pop up in front of him and whacked at it with his stick out of mid-air as the horn sounded.
After a replay review, the goal counted. The puck was slightly above the cross bar when Backes hit it, the video showed. The play could have been called a high stick, but the goal stood.
Blues backup goalie Chris Mason stopped Blake Wheeler in the shootout who missed the empty net with about 20 seconds left in regulation before Backes scored.