Defensive switch helps Blues even West final vs. Sharks

Published 2:42 p.m. ET May 14, 2019 | Updated 3:52 p.m. ET May 14, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With the game – and perhaps the season – in the balance, assistant coach Mike Van Ryn of the St. Louis Blues made a decision.

With the Blues battling with the Sharks in San Jose in Game 2 on Monday night, Van Ryn decided to tweak his defensive pairings. He put Alex Pietrangelo with veteran Jay Bouwmeester, the offensive-minded Vince Dunn with the powerful slap shot of Colton Parayko, and Joel Edmundson with fellow defensive stalwart Robert Bortuzzo.

So of course, it was Bortuzzo who scored the game-winning goal in the 4-2 victory late in the second period off a nice give-and-go with Edmundson.

“I think Ryno did a good job there of just reading off of how we were feeling,” Edmundson said. “All six of us, we’re comfortable playing with each other. When he put me and (Bortuzzo) together, we kind of got excited. We like playing together. It was nice to get out there with Bobbo again, especially getting that goal and helping our team out.”

Bortuzzo became the fifth Blues defenseman to score a goal in this postseason. More important, the Blues tied the Western Conference final at 1-1…

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