Bruins Take Game 1 After Slow Start
The Boston Bruins took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday Night with a 4-2 victory. The Bruins looked sluggish in the first period and early into the second period adversely affected by an 11-day layoff after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Bruins fell behind by two one minute into the second period after a turnover by David Pastranek led to Brayden Schenn the first-period goal scorer finding Vladimir Tarasenko in front to make the score 2-0.
The Bruins received a spark 76 second later from their fourth line as defensemen Conor Clifton from the line’s sustained pressure in the zone on their shift tipped in a pass from Sean Kuraly after going to the net. From that moment on the Bruins took control of the game outshooting the Blues 18-3 in the second period.
Defensemen Charlie McAvoy tied the game in the second period, and momentum shifted towards the Bruins side. The Bruins almost took the lead in the second period, but eventually scored the game-winner in the third.
“In the second period we stopped skating, turned it over and gave them momentum,” stated Blues coach Craig Berube in the postgame interview after the game.
Kuraly scored the winner in the third period, and Brad Marchand scored his eighth of the playoffs on an empty netter to seal the game for the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask continued his stellar play this postseason in goal shutting out the Blues in the final 39 minutes. Rask holds an impressive .940 save percentage this postseason the fifth-best for a single playoff run in NHL history.
Jordan Binnington made 34 saves from 37 attempts by the Bruins and did his best to keep the Blues in the game despite being outshot 38-20.
Blues Win First Stanley Cup
The St. Louis Blues energized by 32 saves from rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington, and a strong effort from all four lines captured the Stanley Cup.
Bruins Playing Father Time
The Boston Bruins completed a 107 point regular season with an Eastern Conference championship this year. The Bruins came one win short of hoisting the cup.
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.