The Steinbach Pistons couldn't close out the Winnipeg Blues season a strong third period by Winnipeg propelled them to a 6-1 win on Thursday night.
Winnipeg came out desperate, as expected with their backs up against the wall.
The Blues scored first but Steinbach was able to respond. A good cross ice pass from Tristan Culleton found Easton Bennett who wired a shot from a distance, designed to get a rebound and it did. Brendan Westbrook hammed the loose puck home for his first of the playoffs and first goal since returning from injury.
Steinbach came close to getting the lead as Max Neil stripped a Blues defender and found a little room but hit the post.
Things Start To Tilt
Neither team had a lot of energy in the second period but the Blues scored the only goal in the middle frame to grab a 2-1 lead.
The goal was on a power play and it snapped a streak of 9 consecutive penalty kills for the Pistons.
Steinbach's best offensive chances came from David Queree who just missed over the net with a wrist shot then later in the period hit the post.
Wheels Fall Off
A third period to forget saw Winnipeg run away and hide scoring 4 more goals, including another power play goal, as the scoreboard bloated to a 6-1 final.
Matt Radomsky made 25 saves on the night but can't be held responsible for a number of goals against. Radomsky was spelled by Matt Lenz after the mid period break of the third. Lenz came in and 2 saves on 3 shots against.
Steinbach had 14 shots in the first period but only managed 12 through the final two periods.
The penalty kill took a hit finishing 1 for 3 while the power play couldn't cash in on it's chances finishing 0-3
Steinbach hosts Winnipeg Saturday night for game 5. The game will be broadcast on MIX 96 on SteinbachOnline.com with the pre-game show 7:15 pm and puck drop at 7:30 pm.