The way both Yann Danis and Markstrom were playing in their respective creases, it appeared the first team to blink would pay the price.
Thursday night, it was San Antonio that blinked first, as Hunter Tremblay and Anton Lander broke out 2-on-1 with Tremblay tucking the puck under Markstrom with 9:04 left in regulation. Ryan Keller sent his linemates up ice, getting the second assist.
“Their D-man took away Anton,” said Tremblay on his fourth goal of the playoffs. “I got three or four whacks, and it finally went in.”
San Antonio drew even with 4:51 left in the game when Bill Thomas clipped a backhander behind Danis. Rampage defenseman Michael Caruso kept the puck in at the blue line, fed it low to Bracken Kearns, then found Thomas at the top of the crease.
Danis made 30 saves, including at least five challenging stops in the game’s final four minutes when San Antonio skaters had an edge in momentum.
Danis denied Scott Timmins with a glove save with 3:45 remaining and followed it up with a nice sprawling stop on David Marshall less than a minute later.
“We’re up 3-1 but the series isn’t over yet,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “We have three shots to get it done for the series, but we want to make sure we play a solid game. If I had it my way, I’d like for the series to be done (Thursday).”