Deadlocked once again. The series between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues heads back to Boston tied at 2-2. Now however the stakes have been raised. The winner of this game will be only 1 win away from a Stanley Cup Championship. Last game was very tight as it was 3-2 up until an empty net goal with 1 minute and 43 seconds left. This game has added importance for the Bruins as game 6 will be in St. Louis and it would be very bad for Boston to give the Blues a chance to win at home. Now without further adieu let’s jump into the contest.
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What was very obvious from the get go was that the Bruins were out for revenge. After they were absolutely dominated in the shot counter in game 4 the tides were definitely turned in this first period. There were no goals scored in the opening period, but Boston dominated the shot on goal with a whopping 17-8 edge. Things seemed to be off to a very good start for Boston going into period 2 seemingly obliterating St. Louis in the early going.
Despite the Blues being heavily out shot in the game thus far, they’d be the ones who’d score 1st in period 2. It took only 55 seconds into the middle frame for the games first goal to be tallied. Ryan O’Reilly would follow up his 2 -goal game in game 4 with the games first goal in game 5. He received a spectacular between the legs pass from Zach Sanford behind the Bruins net. O’Reilly then dragged the puck to his backhand and roofed it over the glove of Tuukka Rask for a 1-0 Blues lead. That would do it for the scoring in period 2. The Bruins continued to have more shots as they out shot St. Louis 8-6 in the 2nd. Despite all the rubber they fired at Jordan Binnington they were still looking at a 0 on the scoreboard. Could the Bruins change that with just 1 period to go?
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There would be multiple goals in the 3rd period. However the 1st goal of the period would come at the 10 minute mark, and be quite controversial. Bruins Noal Acciari would be uprooted by Tyler Bozak with no penalty called. Acciari who lay on the ice after his head smacked pretty hard on the unforgiving surface was helpless to help his team. As the play continued in the Bruins end David Perron attempted a cross-ice pass to Bozak. The pass however ended up sliding right through the wickets of Rask giving the Blues a 2-0 lead. Boston would respond though 3 minutes later with a goal of their own. Defenceman Torey Krug took a high stick but still managed to find a wide open Jake Debrusk for a one-timer. Debrusk’s shot rocketed off his stick from the right side and zipped under the arm of Binnington closing the gap to 2-1. In the dying minutes of the game the Bruins came oh so close to tying the game up at 2-2. The shot by John Moore slipped through Binnington and lie there helpless for anybody to grab. Thankfully for St. Louis Carl Gunnarsson dove to the rescue and swept the puck away from danger with his stick and saved the game for the Blues. That would end up being the last chance as the Blues would hold on and beat the Bruins 2-1. It wasn’t from a lack of trying as the Bruins out shot the Blues 14-7 in period 3 and 39-21 in the game. Game 6 will take place Sunday June 9th in St. Louis. This will mark the 1st game of the Finals that somebody could walk away a Stanley Cup Champion.