Bounce here, bounce there and Blues, Bruins now knotted 2-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — It usually takes a lucky bounce here and there to win the Stanley Cup.

Game 4 of the final between the Bruins and the Blues had a whole lot of bounces — and not a lot of luck for goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington.

Whether it was nerves, fatigue or simply traffic in front, Rask and Binnington each gave up rebounds aplenty and both teams cashed in on the prime scoring chances Monday night. The Blues' Alex Pietrangelo pounded a slap shot that seemed to handcuff Rask and the juicy rebound left the puck in midair where Ryan O'Reilly swatted it into the net.

The goal put the Blues up 3-2 and turned out to the game-winner in the 4-2 victory that knotted the final at 2-2.

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Binnington chalked up the second-chance goals to smart shooting.

"Players were doing a good job and shooting the puck, but you know, yeah, there were some rebounds tonight but nothing out of the ordinary, I'd say," Binnington said.

Both of O'Reilly's goals came off rebounds. He took a rebound off of a Zach Sanford shot behind the net and beat Rask on a wrap-around to the right side just 43 seconds into the game.

Charlie Coyle evened things up with 6:46 left in the first after he found himself alone in front of the Blues net to bang home the rebound from a Zdeno Chara shot.

The Blues took advantage of another second-chance opportunity at 15:30 in the first. This time it was Vladimir Tarasenko pouncing on a big rebound in the slot off of a Pietrangelo shot to make it 2-1.

"To find your chances, you need to go in the red zones and score some greasy goals maybe," Tarasenko said. "If you look on our goals, it pays off for us. It kind of was the game plan, so we try to keep it same way and create traffic for Rask and try to get rebounds."

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 12: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes checks Sean Kuraly #52 of the Boston Bruins during the first period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MAY 13: Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of the San Jose Sharks hits the glass in front of Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 13, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - MAY 17: Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks gives up a goal to the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center on May 17, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 7: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Dallas Stars crashes into Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues after taking a shot on goal in Game Seven of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Enterprise Center on May 7, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 30: Matt Duchene #95 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after beating Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins for a goal during the second period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 30, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27: Matt Duchene #95 of the Columbus Blue Jackets loses his helmet as he battles for the puck with Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 25: Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Jason Spezza #90 of the Dallas Stars as Colton Parayko #55 of the St. Louis Blues defends in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Enterprise Center on April 25, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 23: Sean Kuraly #52 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Maple Leafs 5-1. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) takes a shot on goal while Carolina Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) defends during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak, right, is upended after a check by Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho (20), of Finland, during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
St. Louis Blues' Robert Bortuzzo (41) fights for the puck with San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc, left, and Marcus Sorensen (20) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Monday, May 13, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) watches play as St. Louis Blues left wing Sammy Blais (9) is knocked into the net by defenseman Ben Lovejoy (21) during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (29) and Dallas Stars right wing Brett Ritchie (25) compete for control of a loose puck during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51), of Finland, leaps over Carolina Hurricanes center Clark Bishop, bottom, while competing for the puck during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (88) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow, center, celebrates with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring the winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during overtime of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin, foreground, celebrates after scoring a goal in front of San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, center, during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) is pushed into the net by Ben Lovejoy (21) who helps defend against a pressure from Nashville Predators' Colton Sissons (10) in the second period of Game 6 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with teammates Nathan MacKinnon (29), Tyson Barrie (4) and Cale Makar (8) during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 19, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) slashes San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) during the second period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) collides with Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz celebrates after scoring during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, left, during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, third from left, celebrates his overtime goal with, from left, defensemen Patrik Nemeth, Cale Makar and Tyson Barrie in Game 4 of the team's NHL hockey playoff series against Calgary Flames on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore, left, embraces goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury after the team's win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) and Tyler Seguin (91) celebrate a goal by Seguin as Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15), Pekka Rinne (35) and Mattias Ekholm (14) stand by the net in the third period of Game 3 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) hits Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin (8) during third-period NHL playoff hockey action in Toronto, Monday, April 15, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Winnipeg Jets' Brandon Tanev (13) is congratulated by teammate Andrew Copp after scoring during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in St. Louis. The Jets won 6-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) is sandwiched between Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, and defenseman Justin Schultz (4) while competing for possession of the puck during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg (3), of Sweden, fights with Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson, of Sweden, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off as the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 4-3 win during Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Rask struggled again during a Boston power play in the second period as O'Reilly almost poked in his own rebound on a short-handed rush.

"You try to control them all, but sometimes you do, sometimes you don't," Rask said.

The Bruins capitalized shorthanded at 14:19 of the second as Brandon Carlo found the back of the net for the first time this postseason after Binnington couldn't handle a Patrice Bergeron shot with the puck caroming off of his pad.

"First shot he might get stuck a little bit," Carlo said. "From there, you can try to get him moving side to side and ultimately put the pucks past him and it's great that we can crash the net. Hopefully we can learn from that and utilize it in the next couple of games."

The goal quieted the Enterprise Center and took away the momentum St. Louis generated during a prolonged shift in the Boston zone, which featured several line changes and dangerous scoring chances as well as creating the power play that led to the short-handed goal.

Then came O'Reilly's heroics and the first Stanley Cup Final victory at home in St. Louis franchise history. Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Thursday night in Boston.

"I felt like it was going to be tough to go to Boston down 3-1 and have a chance to win so we had to make sure we came out with our best game," Blues defenseman Colton Parayko said. "We've been a good rebound team all year long and all playoffs long. That was the biggest thing. We were a confident group coming into tonight and I think we showed it."

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Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A St. Louis Blues fan reacts as the Boston Bruins pull ahead during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. The Bruins won 5-1 to even the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, of Finland, makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, warms up before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 06: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins allows a second period goal to Ryan O'Reilly (not pictured) #90 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Five of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 06, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 09: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a first period goal by teammate Brad Marchand (not pictured) past Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Six of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 09, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. Also defending for the Blues is Jaden Schwartz (17). (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (Bruce Bennett/Pool via AP)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) celebrates after scoring against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins' Torey Krug (47) and St. Louis Blues' Robert Thomas (18) crash to the ice during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) rips the helmet off Boston Bruins' Torey Krug (47) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
St. Louis Blues' Robert Bortuzzo, reacts beside Boston Bruins' Charlie Coyle (13) after scoring a goal during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 03: Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his third period goal at 10:38 against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 03, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 01: Ivan Barbashev #49 (not pictured) of the St. Louis Blues scores a second period goal past Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 01, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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