David Backes wasn’t credited with a point on the play, but he’s the one that kick-started everything. He entered the zone and rifled a shot on goal despite being surrounded and outnumbered badly.
The cavalry arrived, and after moving the puck from defender to defender, Porter opened the scoring for St. Louis. Two points in two games for a guy that managed one assist through 22 games during the regular season. That’s the kind of depth scoring that can make a difference in a tight series like this, and Hitchcock will probably continue to reward the 29-year-old for his strong play.
The tally made it 1-0 in the first period.
— NHL (@NHL) April 19, 2014
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