Just a few could have imagined seeing such a game at the Enterprise Center last night. Now, Bruins victory isn’t that surprising, but the way they trashed St. Louis Blues is.
It was a pure display of a ruthless hockey, which tore apart the Blues and demoralized the fired-up crowd in the building. St. Louis lived for this match, especially after Game 2 and the overtime win in Boston, Blues’ first in the Stanley Cup finals. All the people were in euphoria, waiting for their boys to come home and to see them winning another game.
Well, last night, they were struck by a harsh reality. We can only imagine how hosts’ fans felt when Bruins led 0-4.
“I think it was just a night where everything went our way,” Torey Krug, the defenseman of the Bruins, said.
The 28-year old recorded four points, scoring one goal and assisting three times. He became the first Bruin to record four points at one Stanley Cup finals game.
All of his points came in the situations when Bruins had powerplays, and that was, in fact, the key element which helped the guests to demolish St. Louis. Their efficiency was remarkable, and each time they had an extra player on the ice, the entire lineup was working without the slightest flaw.
“We have the firepower, we have the grid, determination up front. No matter what happens, it’s that next play, and we focus on that,” said Krug about the mindset of him and his teammates in those situations.
Bruins were 4 of 4 on powerplays, and when looking at the entire series, they are 6 of 14. It is the difference which separates them from the Blues right now. The hosts managed to score their first powerplay goal in the entire series in Game 3, and they have just 10% of the realization so far, 1 of 10.
Barbashev says the #stlblues feel like they let Binnington down, but they trust that he'll bounce back: "It's tough to see, but he's going to be fine. He's not nervous, so he's going to get some rest, and he'll be ready to go next game." pic.twitter.com/Bod9wgf5bj
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What also killed the morale of the hosts were two quickly conceded goals, at the end of the first and the beginning of the second period.
Sean Kuraly scored for 0-3 just nine seconds before the end of the opening sequence, and 41 seconds into the next one, David Pasternak raised the result to 0-4.
Coach Craig Berube challenged Kuraly’s goal, claiming that Joakim Nordstrom was offside, but it turned out to be otherwise. Because of that, the Blues got a minor penalty, and the Bruins used it in the best possible way.
“I think they’ve got to make that challenge,” said Ryan O’Reilly about the unlucky turn of events which resulted in his team conceding twice in a short period of time.”It was close. It’s unfortunate it puts us on the PK, and they get one again right off the bat.”
Patrice Bergeron also played an excellent match, and managed to post three points (a goal and two assists), while Marcus Johansson, Noel Acciari, Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak netted once each.
Boston’s players completely ruined Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington, who experienced one of the worst nights of his career. He allowed five goals in 19 shots on goal, and coach Berube decided to pull him out from the ice, and preserve him for the next match.
“Five goals he allowed, so he had seen enough,” Blues coach stated.
Ivan Barbashev and Colton Parayko scored for the home team.
With this victory, the Bruins regained the home-ice advantage, and extended St. Louis’ span without a win at home in the finals to seven games. If they manage to break them in the next one, that would most likely mean that the title is going to Massachusetts.
The euphoria which overwhelmed Saint Louis is now replaced with concern. The Blues are in a bad position, and Game 3 is a must-win battle for these guys. As we said, going to Boston with a 1-3 deficit in the series would ruin their dreams about the first Stanley Cup trophy ever.
“We have to get back to our game, stay focused,” Binnington spoke after the match.
Whether is that possible for him and his teammates, we will see this Monday at 8 pm ET. The game is played at the Enterprise Center.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.