2019 Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins Drop Game Two to Blues
Boston, MA– There will be no sweep in this round of the Boston Bruins' post-season campaign, as their one game to nothing lead over the St. Louis Blues has now been evened up after a hard fought battle for game two that went to overtime and resulted in a 3-2 Blues victory. Credit where credit is due, of course, because St. Louis was in lock step with every bit of attack that the Bruins could muster during the game and their team was eventually too quick for the Bruins to handle as they allowed a St. Louis victory once overtime rolled around.
It is definitely a tough loss to swallow, but if there is one thing the Bruins have taught us during the 2019 playoffs, it is that they are completely resilient and have the ability to bounce back from a bad loss like no other team. It's been a hallmark of this club all season. And they have the support of the greatest sports city in the world behind them.
The overtime game was the first one in the Stanley Cup Finals since 2016 and it ended up being a thrilling one. It was the first finals victory for the Blues in the history of their franchise, which is quite the milestone. I just wish it didn't come at the cost of a Bruins loss.
Boston was never as aggressive on defense after Matt Grzelcyk left with a head injury and they will look to adapt to what a defensive line shift would look like without him.
The scoring went back and forth in the first period as Charlie Coyle scored on a power play off of assists from Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak. St. Louis' Robert Bortuzzo answered right back with a goal of his own, but then Boston responded with a Sean Kuraly-assisted Joakim Nordstrom goal that gave them a 2-1 lead. The period concluded with a goal by Vladimir Tarasenko (his tenth of the playoffs) and the game remained scoreless at 2-2 for the remainder of regulation.
Just under four minutes into overtime, Tuukka Rask finally relented as Carl Gunnarsson scored his first goal of the playoffs to give the Blues the win.
The opportunity to regain the series lead for the Bruins will come on Saturday evening on the first of June. It'll be a big away game for the Bruins. I suspect they're up to the challenge!