Welcome back to the Stanley Cup round St. Louis Blues. After the Blues split the series with the Boston Bruins in Boston, the series now shifts to Enterprise Center. It’s a home game a long wait in the making, almost 50 years to be exact against the same opponent. Naturally the fans were elated to be watching their team in the final round of the playoffs. The Bruins on the other hand had other plans for the St. Louis faithful.
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The first goal of the game came around the 11 minute mark. It was a power-play tally by Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron deflected a shot by Torey Krug over the glove of Blues net-minder Jordan Binnington for the 1-0 Bruins lead. Boston wasn’t done there though, not even close. Nearing the end of the 1st at around the 2 minute mark Charlie Coyle would connect on a one-timer from Marcus Johansson to make it 2-0 Bruins. The onslaught wasn’t over yet though as Boston would score once again. With just 10 seconds to go Sean Kuraly would fire a long wrist shot that snuck through the body of Binnington ending the 1st period at 3-0 Boston. Boston also took the edge in shots at 12-8. Regrettably for the Blues, things didn’t get much better in the 2nd.
In fact Boston would add to their lead on the power-play just 41 seconds into period 2. This time It was David Pastrnak who’d receive a pass from Krug, at which point he danced his way around Binnington and buried it over the blocker making it 4-0. St. Louis would get on the board around the half way point as Ivan Barbashev would get a one-timer feed from behind the net. Barbashev would beat Tuukka Rask over the right shoulder to cut the deficit to 4-1. Boston would restore the 4 goal lead on another power-play. After setting up 2 goals earlier, Torey Krug would score one of his own. Krug’s shot would deflect off the stick of Jay Boumeester and over the left shoulder of Binnington. With the score now 5-1 the Blues would pull Binnington for back-up goalie Jake Allen. The 2nd would end at 5-1 Bruins, but the Blues had the shot edge in the period at 10-8. Things were looking grim for the home crowd going into the 3rd, and they didn’t get much more to cheer about.
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The Blues would score the first goal of the final period. Colton Parayko would get a power-play goal for the Blues around the 5 minute mark. Much like Krug’s goal earlier, Parayko’s goal would take a deflection off a defenceman and past the goaltender. It wouldn’t sit at 5-2 very long as Boston would score once again. Noel Acciari would put one into the empty net making it 6-2. After that the Bruins would score yet another power-play goal. This time it would be Marcus Johansson who’d connect with a one-timer that just crept by the outstretched leg of Allen making the final score 7-2 Boston. The 3rd period shots heavily favoured the Blues at 11-4, and the Blues also had the shot edge in the game at 29-24. Game 4 will take place Monday June 3rd in St. Louis. The Blues will look to even the series again, whereas the Bruins will look to put a 2 game lead on the board.