2019 Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins Fall in Game Seven, Season Ends in Heartbreak
BOSTON - As thrilling as it is to experience the words "Game 7" in sports, it's equally devastating to lose that Game 7, especially when the championship is on the line. Unfortunately, during the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins weren't the victors of this Game 7,a nd Boston fans had to watch a team celebrate the title in the TD Garden for the second team in six seasons.
The Bruins battled back to force a Game 7 after a back and forth series, but feel short last night, losing to the Blues by a score of 4-1. The Blues lifted their first Stanley Cup in franchise history which, while commendable, is still a bitter pill to swallow for Boston fans.
Boston got off to a great start in the game as they dominated on both ends of the ice in the early part of the first period, but St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington frustrated the Bruins by acting as a brick wall against every shot he faced. The opposite was true for the Blues, though, as they took just four shots on Tuukka Rask in the first period and netted two goals from Ryan O'Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo, with one coming in the waning seconds of the period. The 2-0 score held throughout the Blues a 2-0 the scoreless second period.
Rask recorded 16 saves during the game, but that wasn't enough to stop the Blues. Goals from Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford gave St. Louis a 4-0 lead with under five minutes to play. In the last three minutes, David Krejci assisted Matt Grzelcyk for a Boston goal, which would end up being the last of the game and of the season as St. Louis prevailed 4-1.
It was a disappointing outcome to a thrilling, roller coaster, Cinderella season for the Bruins, of which I will write a complete recap in the coming days. Obviously, we wanted the Cup, but it doesn't always go that way. Congratulations are definitely due to the Blues and their fans; they deserve the feeling of winning after a fairytale season of their own, clawing their way up from last place in January to champions! And to the Bruins, you guys played a hell of a season. They should definitely be proud of everything they accomplished. It was so close. As close as it could get. And they fought until the end.