Blues and Binnington Push Bruins to Brink
One game does not make a series, and this is something both teams will need to keep in mind as they move towards the penultimate Game 6. The St. Louis Blues will have the opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history with a victory in the next game after defeating the Boston Bruins on Thursday night 2-1.
After the Blues were defeated handily in Game 3, the Bruins were the considered favorite by pundits. The Blues, however, had other plans and after winning the last two games in the series stand on the brink of history for the franchise.
Blues net-minder Jordan Binnington said after the team ” have to be relentless” referring to Game 6. Binnington was a stone wall in Game 5 with 38 saves only giving up a goal in the third period from Jake DeBrusk on a delayed penalty. The goal cut the deficit to one and gave the Bruins hope, but Binnington made some crucial saves late and aided by the Blues defensive support around him.
Boston will need to have the same short memory the Blues had after Game 3 and try to rebound before Sunday’s night must win in St. Louis.
St. Louis received goals from Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron to take a two-goal advantage before the DeBrusk goal. The Perron goal led to anger from the Bruins fans, team, and front office in particular team president Cam Neely.
Perron benefited from Bruins forward Noel Acciari tripped inside the Bruins zone seconds causing a turnover that resulted in the eventual game-winner for the Blues. The NHL has already publicly defended the officials calling the incident a judgment call, but the video evidence shows the act as a penalty under the rules of the league.
The Blues have been aided by O’Reilly in the last two games chipping in with three goals after coming out of a scoring drought. O’Reilly’s effort and play has been infectious, and the Blues continue to match the Bruins physicality.
The question now is whether they can continue this effort for one more game. Game 6 will take place on Sunday night in St. Louis.
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