One win. That is all St. Louis Blues need in order to get their hands on the first ever Stanely Cup trophy. Craig Berube’s guys made a huge step towards the NHL title by beating the Boston Bruins on the road tonight with 2-1.
Though, the victory his boys made is marked with a controversial no-call which preceded David Perron’s goal. The guests were already one goal ahead in the third when Tyler Bozak made a ferocious challenge on Noel Acciari and swept his leg. Bruins’ center went down on the ice, but the refs didn’t sound, and the play continued.
Meanwhile, Perron got to the right side of Tuukka Rask’s goal, and it is hard to asses whether he wanted to shoot or to pass the puck. It deflected off Rask’s pad, and luckily entered the net with 9:24 left until the event.
Unbelievable. Noel Acciari is tripped and the Blues score to make it 2-0. This is a joke pic.twitter.com/6qrwz1WoKd
— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) June 7, 2019
This situation was a trigger for Bruins fans to become very, very frustrated, and they interrupted the game by throwing rally towels on the ice. Also, some bad and vulgar chants could be heard at the TD Garden this Thursday evening.
After the match, Boston’s coach Bruce Cassidy was furious.
“It’s the National Hockey League getting a black eye with their officiating. … That call probably.. I mean, there was time, really made it difficult for us to get the win tonight. … It was egregious,” Cassidy stated.
Previously, Ryan O’Reilly brought the lead to the guests after 55 seconds of play in the second sequence. But all this wouldn’t be possible without unreal Jordan Binnington who had 38 saves in this clash.
During the opening period, when Bruins pressured the Blues, the rookie goalie posted 17 saves, and kept his team in the game, preventing the hosts to reach both the lead and a huge swing.
O’Reilly spoke about that after the match, saying that his goalie carved this triumph.
“I think it starts with Binnington,” O’Reilly said. “Obviously he played outstanding tonight to keep us in there in that first.”
Coach Berube also had several kind words about his goaltender.
“He was excellent all game and did a great job in the first period for sure.” said the 53-year old. “He’s a big reason why we won the game.”
— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) June 7, 2019
With this victory, Binnington became the rookie with most wins in the NHL playoffs, as he currently has 9 of them. He also set a new record in saves by a rookie goalie in one NHL finals game. Previously Matt Murray had 37 of them, and that happened in Game 2 of 2017 Stanley Cup finals between the Penguins and the Predators.
After the match, Blues’ goalie dedicated the majority of his interview to the upcoming game and was not so thrilled to talks about his individual achievements.
“They are going to come back hard next game, so we gotta be prepared,” he commented.
As for the Bruins, Perron’s goal did disturb them, but somehow they managed to score a goal and give themselves a hope that they might win this event. It was Jake DeBrusk who finally beat Binnington, with a one-timer following Torey Krug’s assist. Boston had 6:28 after that to add at least one more score, but they couldn’t break Blues’ defense.
Zdeno Chara played this match, despite the previous prognosis. The 42-year old entered the ice a bit earlier and set the crowd on fire, and that energy was brought to the first period, but Binnington was just too good tonight.
The series now heads for St. Louis. Game 6 will be a unique chance for the Blues to win the first Stanley Cup, and to celebrate it in front of their fans. But that will be tough for sure, as they don’t have such a convincing record at the Enterprise Center in this playoffs. The Blues are 6-6 at home, while on the other hand 9-3 on the road.
Game 6 starts this Sunday at 8 PM local time.
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