BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have never been one to shrink down from a challenge. During the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins were down 3-2 against the Vancouver Canucks before they stormed back to win the championship. Even this post-season, the Bruins were down 3-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round only to emerge victorious. Now, they are going to have another chance to accomplish this during the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals.
A big 7-2 victory in game three was quickly washed away by back to back wins for the St. Louis Blues, who with a 3-2 series lead had the Bruins' backs against the wall. Game six was win or go home and, fortunately, the Bruins' offense came alive late and Tuukka Rask returned to top form and the Bruins prevailed by a dominant score of 5-1.
Rask recorded 28 saves, including the save of the playoffs: a behind-the-back grab that caught a puck just before it went in the net. The only goal he allowed was one midway through the third period by Ryan O'Reilly that brought the score to 3-1. The Blues would not score again.
Boston's scoring, on the other hand, began in the first period when David Pastrnak and Torey Krug assisted Brad Marchand on a power play goal. A scoreless second period gave way to a third period onslaught. The Bruins went up 3-0 in the first ten minutes of the third with goals from Brandon Carlo (assisted by Jake DeBrusk) and Karson Kuhlman (assisted by David Krejci). Kuhlman's goal was his first of the playoffs. The game ended with two more goals for good measure, as Pastrnak netted his ninth off the post-season with assists from Marchand and Sean Kuraly, and Zdeno Chara netted an unassisted goal (with a broken jaw). Boston officially had the 5-1 win.
Now, it all comes down to the best phrase in all of sports: game seven. This Wednesday. June 12. In the TD Garden. The Bruins take on the Blues and the winner takes home the Stanley Cup. The loser waits until October to skate again. One way or another, the 2018-19 NHL season ends on Wednesday, and what better way to conclude than with a game seven? Let's go Bruins!