Bruins Blast Blues, 5-1, To Force Game 7 In Boston On Wednesday Night

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The Boston Bruins forced a Game 7 with a commanding 5-1 win at Enterprise Center in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. The championship-deciding​ game will take place at TD Garden on Wednesday at 8 PM ET (can be seen on NBC). Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 28 stops in the victory. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 27 saves in the loss.

First Period

Forward Brad Marchand opened the scoring for Boston, one-timing a pass from forward David Pastrnak at the low left circle on a 5-on-3 power-play 9:40 into the game.

The Blues led 6-1 in takeaways and won 59% of the faceoffs in the opening stanza. They went 0-for-1 on the man advantage in the first.

The Bruins led 12-10 in shots, 10-9 in hits, and 8-4 in blocked shots after 20 minutes. They converted on one of their two power-plays and had only one giveaway while the Blues had four in the period.

Second Period

The period was scoreless.

The Blues led 10-8 in second-period shots, 23-19 in hits, 9-4 in takeaways, and won 56% of the draws through two. They went 0-for-4 on the power-play in the first two periods.

The Bruins led 20-19 in shots, 12-7 in hits, and had three giveaways while the Blues had nine through 40 minutes. They went 1-for-2 on the power-play in the opening two periods.

Third Period

Defenseman Brandon Carlo got the puck on net after it came to him following a battle along the end wall. He wristed it and the puck bounced past Binnington to extend the Bruins’ lead to two 2:31 into the third.

Center Karson Kuhlman ripped one top corner on the blocker-side of Binnington after getting a pass from forward Jake DeBrusk in the neutral zone to give Boston a 3-0 lead with 9:45 left.

Center Ryan O’Reilly barely beat Rask as the puck squeaked over the goal-line. He one-timing one from the left circle after getting defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s rebound to end the shutout bid with 7:55 to go.

 

Forward David Pastrnak outwaited Binnington and potted the puck into a wide-open net in front after getting a pass from Marchand at the other side of the goal to restore the Bruins’ three-goal lead with 5:54 left in the third.

Defenseman Zdeno Chara added an empty-netter from along the wall in his own zone to make it 5-1 with 2:19 to go.

The Blues led 29-27 in hits, 11-10 in takeaways, and won 59% of the draws. They went 0-for-4 on the power-play.

The Bruins led 32-29 in shots, including 12-9 in the third-period, 16-9 in blocked shots, and had only four giveaways while the Blues had 12. They went 1-for-3 on the power-play.

The Game 7 on Wednesday will be the first one of its kind in the Stanley Cup Final since 2011, when the Bruins shutout the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 4-0 at Rogers Arena. The Bruins and Blues are each 1-0 in Game 7s during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues beat the Dallas Stars by a score of 2-1 in overtime in Round 2. The Bruins blew out the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 5-1 decision in Round 1. Each team had home-ice advantage.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Bruins Blast Blues, 5-1, To Force Game 7 In Boston On Wednesday Night

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    One of the most physically brutal Stanley Cup Finals ever

    I’m still pulling for Chief Berube in Game Seven

    It still makes me ill that the Caps lost 2019 Playoff Brutality Battle to Justin Williams and his ridiculously overrated Carolina Jerks. Coach Wimp Rierden should be canned for such a failure

    Like

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