2019 Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins Drop Game Four by 4-2 Score
Boston, MA - After a monstrous 7-2 victory in the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins had a chance in game four to push the St. Louis Blues all the way into the corner. To take a three games to one lead with the sort of dominance that Boston has flexed so far in the series would be extremely useful in the quest for the Stanley Cup, but ultimately, game four did not pan out that way as St. Louis came out with renewed energy and kept the Bruins on their heels for the entire game, never allowing them to settle into the sort of offensive rhythm that came with their game three blowout.
Tuukka Rask's ironclad goalie play fell apart early in game four and never quite returned to its elite level, as he allowed three goals on thirty-seven shots (the fourth goal came with an empty net). Just forty-three seconds into the game, the Blues were on the board thanks to a goal from Ryan O'Reilly. Boston evened the score later in the first period when Charlie Coyle netted his ninth goal of the post-season off of an assist from Zdeno Chara. But St. Louis answered right back with Vladimir Tarasenko's eleventh goal of the playoffs.
In the second period, the Bruins were shorthanded, but it did not matter to Brandon Carlo, who scored his first goal of the playoffs off of assists from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. But unfortunately, the Bruins would not score again as the third period was dominated by St. Louis.
The game was officially put out of reach when O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn scored two unanswered goals in the third period and they closed out St. Louis' game four victory over the Bruins by a score of 4-2.
The Bruins have only lost consecutive games in the post-season once this year and they have definitely made a name for themselves as the kings of bouncing back. They'll have their next chance to prove that mettle on Thursday night when the tied up series shifts back to Boston for game five.