Gunnarson’s Bullet Lifts Blues Past Bruins
Carl Gunnarsson’s slapshot from the point on a delayed penalty 3:51 into overtime gave the St. Louis Blues a much-needed victory in Game 2 to even the Stanley Cup Final with the Boston Bruins at a game apiece.
The narrative after Game 1 dealt with how the Blues only put 20 shots on net and were outshot 30-12 in the last two periods. The Blues in Game 2 outshot the Bruins 37-23 and played their brand of hockey outhitting the Bruins 50-31.
The Bruins were adversely affected by an injury to defensemen Matt Grzelcyk. Grzelcyk went to the hospital after being hit into the boards face-first on a check by Oskar Sundqvist. The Bruins were forced to play five defensemen for the remainder of the game.
The game started with a bang as both clubs attempted to oppose their will in the game netting twice. The Bruins scorers were Charlie Coyle and Joakim Nordstrom, and Robert Bortuzzo and Vladimir Tarasenko paced the Blues. Tarasenko scored his tenth of the playoffs.
The Blues physicality eventually hurt the Bruins who struggled to sustain offensive pressure after the first period. The Blues were undisciplined at times taking five penalties including the Sundqvist hit that the league may look at in regards to possible further discipline. The Blues have reached the Stanley Cup Final by playing this brand of hockey and will likely continue being aggressive as the series switches to St. Louis for the next two games on Saturday and Monday night.
The Blues victory marked the first time the franchise won a game in the Stanley Cup Final. In the previous three appearances in the Final, 1968, 1969, and 1970 the Blues were swept.
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