2019 Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins Lose Game Five in Controversial Finish
BOSTON - After a 7-2 victory in the third game of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, it seemed like a Boston Bruins championship was a foregone conclusion. The St. Louis Blues seemed completely lost and devoid of any discernible goaltending skill. The Bruins skated circles around them and took a two games to one series lead over the Blues; they were undoubtedly in the driver's seat for the title.
But things change quickly in playoff hockey and the Blues bounced back in game four for a 4-2 victory. The series shifted back to Boston for a fifth game and a win for either team would push the other to the brink of final elimination. For the majority of the game, the Blues dominated the Bruins and Boston could barely get a shot off, let alone actually score any goals on Jordan Binnington. But a controversial third period raised the tension between the teams and ultimately led to a 2-1 victory for the Blues.
A scoreless game was broken in the second period by Ryan O'Reilly and neither team would score again until the third. The Blues took a 2-0 lead when David Perron scored, but not before he egregiously tripped Noel Acciari but somehow avoided taking a penalty. Boston's coach, Bruce Cassidy, noted the lack of a penalty call on Perron and remarked that the officiating was a "black eye" for the NHL. It was the sort of egregious no-call that might decide a series.
The non-call didn't deter the Bruins, who scored thanks to Jake DeBrusk on an assist from Torey Krug, but it wasn't enough to climb all the way back and the Bruins dropped game five by a 2-1 margin.
The Bruins are now staring down the prospect of elimination. The stakes are clear: the Bruins have to win the next two games to win the Stanley Cup. If they want the title, they have to force a game seven, where anything can happen. It's not going to be easy with the injuries to captain Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk, but the team is up to the task. Game six is in St. Louis this Sunday night. Win or go home, Boston.