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The St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston. The win gives the Blues a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, leaving them just one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup title. Game six of the series is set for Sunday night in St. Louis. Puck drop is set for a little past 8:00PM ET.
After a feisty yet fruitless first frame, the Blues would strike first with a score from Ryan O’Reilly just 55 seconds into the middle frame. The remainder of the second period would go scoreless, with the Blues lead 1-0 after 40 minutes of play. The Blues would make it 2-0 with a goal from David Perron with 9:24 remaining in regulation. The Bruins would cut the Blues lead to one with a goal from Jake DeBrusk at 13:32, maiming it 2-1. That would be the final.
The Bruins and Blues battled to a scoreless first period. The Bruins held an early advantage in shot production, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The Bruins led 22-12 in shot attempts and 18-7 in shots on goal for the opening frame. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.
The Blues would be the first to dent the scoreboard with a tally from Ryan O’Reilly just 55 seconds into the middle frame. Former Capitals prospect Zach Sanford had the primary assist, a beautiful between the legs pass from behind the Bruins goal, for his his third point in as many games.
O’Reilly makes it 1-0 #stlblues off a beautiful feed from Zach Sanford pic.twitter.com/MYRQ4DRO2H
— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) June 7, 2019
The second period would expire without any further scoring. The Blues led 1-0 after 40 minutes of play.
The Blues led in shot attempts 16-9 for the second period, with the Bruins leading 8-6 in shots on goal. The Bruins were 0 for 2 and the Blues were 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.
The Blues would make it 2-0 with a goal from David Perron at 10:36 of the final period.
.@DP_57 beats Tuukka Rask and the @StLouisBlues take a 2-0 lead! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/48CoQvKHU4
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 7, 2019
But the Bruins would quickly restore their single-goal deficit with a goal from Jake DeBrusk at 13:32 of the final frame, making it 2-1 Blues.
Jake DeBrusk makes it a 2-1 game. pic.twitter.com/sRWpN9Odxm
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) June 7, 2019
And that would be the final.
- Jordan Binnington set an NHL rookie record with his 9th road win of the playoffs, besting the previous mark set by Ron Hextall in 1987.
- Jordan Binnington makes 38 saves and the Blues win it 2-1. They can win the Stanley Cup at home on Sunday.
- Bruins led in shots on goal 39-21 for the game.
- The NHL box score is here.
SCENES FROM BOSTON
Blues have been road warriors this postseason. 9 wins on road. But they managed to close 3 series at home.
Zach Sanford comes through in the clutch! How about that no-look behind-the-back assist?
Zach might not have been quite the dominant forward the Caps had envisioned in the NHL draft some years ago. But he made a great play under Stanley Cup Finals pressure. And the Shattenkirk rental we got in return didn’t return much
Hits! High hits! Referee discretion! Unhappy Team Presidents!
Game Six had all manner of brutal hitting. It’s no different than any Stanley Cup Final Game Six in the past fifty years. If it’s Game Six, and that on-the-edge hit is available, you make the hit.
So this time it was a St. Louis forward (Barbashev) who made that crunch on the Bruins forward Johannson. You make that hit 100% of the time. The Caps made those kinds of hits last year. Pittsburgh SPECIALIZES in high-risk head-hunting hits, and goalies can be the target too! These hits are the NHL norm because it wins Stanley Cup Championships.
Caps’ defenseman Calle Johansson remarked years ago, after yet another Caps’ early departure from the playoffs against a less-talented foe, that “they’ll smoke you” if your’e not alert … and that the Caps should have been the team to do the smoking.
The NHL front office shouldn’t complain though. They’ve removed much of the “honor system” with wimpy “instigator” penalties, “third man in” and just an anti-fighting mentality. Fighting has had a tremendous effect of “keeping people honest” in the game. With no fighting allowed whatsoever, it is replaced with high-impact hits — you get SMOKED!
Oops it was Game Five, but you get the drift