2019 Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins Rout Blues in 7-2 Game Three Victory
Boston, MA - If there is one way you can describe the landscape of Boston sports, it would be an embarrassment of riches. It seems almost impossible how many talented athletes and championships we have experienced this century. This idea of an embarrassment of riches definitely applied to last night's Stanley Cup Finals Game 3, when the Boston Bruins just could not stop scoring as they reclaimed their series lead over the St. Louis Blues on the road. Coming into enemy territory, the Bruins put the emphasis on not being out-hustled like they were in Game 2, and that strategy paid off in a major way.
Tuukka Rask, who has been the Bruins' MVP for the post-season, saved 27 shots last night and only allowed 2 goals. The first goal against came on an aggressive Blues attack and was netted by Ivan Barbashev. The second came early in the third period when Colton Parayko scored on a power play. Otherwise, Rask was flawless and his many saves deflated any energy St. Louis might have had after their win.
But last night, Rask was not the Bruins' star player. That honor went to Torey Krug, who had a stellar night, netting four points total (one goal, three assists). Krug's goal came on a power play midway through the second period.
Patrice Bergeron turned in a three point performance (one goal, two assists). His goal on the power play opened the scoring and was his ninth of the playoffs. The first period was capped off by a pair of late period goals from Charlie Coyle and Sean Kuraly, giving Boston a 3-0 lead heading into the second period.
Early into the second, David Pastrnak scored on the power play, and a goal from Krug's saw Boston taking a 5-1 lead into the third. In the final period, Boston concluded with a twenty-three second stretch in which Noel Acciari score and Marcus Johansson both scored on the power play, giving the Bruins a perfect four for four power play record on the game.
It was a thrilling 7-2 rout of dominance for the Bruins, who now take a two games to one series lead into a pivotal game four tomorrow night with hopes of keeping their momentum going.