Blues Hard Work Leads to Game 4 Victory
The St. Louis Blues Monday night was able to even up the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins with a hard-fought 4-2 victory. Two issues rectified for the Blues from the first three games for at least one night being the Bruins power-play and the Blues ability to play aggressive while staying disciplined.
The Blues only allowed the Bruins two power-play opportunities and were able to prevent a goal on all these attempts. The Bruins came into the Monday’s contest converting 35.9% of their chances. The Bruins despite not scoring on the power-play on Monday Night are still on pace to become the first unit to finish over 30% in the postseason since the 1981 champion New York Islanders.
The Blues played like a team desperate to avoid the Bruins having an opportunity to close out the series in the next game in Boston. They were able to win key one on one battles.
Ryan O’Reilly ended an eight-game goal drought scoring a brace getting his fourth and fifth of the playoffs including the game-winner in the third period breaking a 2-2 tie. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his team-leading 11th of the playoffs in the first period to give the Blues a 2-1 lead at the time. Brayden Schenn scored an empty netter to end the night’s scoring giving the Blues a secure two-goal lead with 89 seconds remaining.
The Bruins lost captain Zdeno Chara three minutes into the second period. Chara attempted to block a shot that came up and hit him in the face. Chara returned to the bench in the third but did not see any ice time after the injury. Chara’s injury left the Bruins with five healthy defensemen.
The Blues intense pressure on the short-handed Bruins defense eventually wore the Bruins down in third as the defense failed to tie up O’Reilly who slammed home a shot from in front of the net on a rebound.
The series will return to Boston for Game 5 on Thursday night.
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