It’s not about how you much get knocked down, it’s how you get back on your feet that matters. The old saying that rings very close to home for the St. Louis Blues as they continue their battle against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins for lack of a better term clobbered the Blues at home in game 3. An embarrassingly lopsided 7-2 game despite the Blues out shooting Boston in the game. Now it’s crucial for the Blues to get back to Boston with the series split at 2-2. Now would the home crowd be able to spur their team to make this a series again, or would the Bruins put a stranglehold on the series.
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St. Louis started off with a very quick goal. Just 43 seconds into the game Blues forward Ryan O’Reilly would get the puck behind the net. He then made a quick wrap-around and tucked the puck home past the outstretched left leg of Tuukka Rask for an early 1-0 Blues lead. The score would remain as such for most of the period until 13 minutes in when Boston would tie the game up. Charlie Coyle would take a feed from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. Coyle then danced his way around Jordan Binnington and tucked it past the left leg of the Blues net-minder making it a 1-1 tie. The game wouldn’t stay tied for long though as just 1.5 minutes later St. Louis would re-take the lead. This time it would be Vladimir Tarasenko who’d pick up a rebound and fire it past Rask over the blocker side. That would end the 1st period at 2-1 Blues. The shot totals in the period favoured the Blues at 13-9, which is definitely the bounce back they’ve been looking for so far.
The Blues would continue to barrage Rask with shots in the 2nd. Despite this the period’s only goal would be scored by the Bruins. Whereas last game showcased Boston’s power-play prowess, this game was more so about their penalty kill. The game tying goal came at the 14 minute mark of the middle frame, and it came as a short handed goal. Brandon Carlo would be the fortunate recipient of a rebound off the left leg of Binnington. Carlo then deposited the puck into the yawning cage just past the glove of Binnington tying the game at 2-2 after the 2nd. The shot totals once again favoured the Blues at 12-10, and with one period to go St. Louis found a new level to their game.
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It’s hard not to feel bad for Tuukka Rask in the 3rd period. The Blues sent an absolute blitzkrieg of shots towards the Bruins net-minder, whilst their own could have had a gourmet dinner in the final frame. Despite this bombardment, it took 10 minutes for St. Louis to punch a hole in the armour. It was once again Ryan O’Reilly who’d find the back of the net. O’Reilly channelled his inner St. Louis Cardinal as he batted a rebound out of mid-air and through the five-hole giving the Blues the lead again at 3-2. Brayden Schenn would seal the deal with an empty net goal making the final score 4-2 Blues. The lopsided shot totals in the 3rd were an astounding 13-4 for the Blues, who also had a big shot edge in the game at 38-23. The series is once again even now at 2-2, and as such it will shift back to Boston. Game 5 will take place Thursday June 6th in Boston, so stick around to see who takes the lead in the series.