Bruins Down Blues in Game One
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final kicked off Monday night in Boston as the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins played host to the Western Conference Champion St. Louis Blues. TD Garden was rocking from the drop of the puck, it was loud on TV so I can only imagine how loud it was inside.
It only took 7:23 for that crowd to settle down as former Philadelphia Flyer, Brayden Schenn put a wrist shot past Bruins goaltender Tukka Rask to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. St. Louis would take that lead into the locker room in what was a pretty even first period.
Only one minute into period number two, St. Louis Vladimir Tarasanko fired a wrist shot past Rask on a great pass from Schenn after an awful turnover by Boston’s David Pastrnak to give the Blues a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd. It didn’t take Boston long to respond as only 1:16 later Connor Clifton took a great pass from Sean Kuraly and was able to put it by a sprawling Blues netminder Jordan Binnington to cut the deficit to 2-1. Penalties were a big story of game 1 as the Blues could not stay out of the box. At 11:04 of the 2nd period Oskar Sundqvist of St. Louis got called for a cross checking penalty. A little over a minute later Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy skated in and fired a wrist shot past the glove of Binnington to tie the game at 2. It was a goal that Binnington would most likely want to have back as he looked like he should’ve been able to stop it.
The game was all tied up 2-2 heading to the third period, and the Bruins came out jumpin. It looked like they were winning every race to the puck and being the more aggressive of the two teams. Their persistence paid off as 5:21 into the 3rd Kuraly picked up his second point of the night on a scramble out in front that concluded with him putting the puck behind Binnington giving Boston a 3-2 lead. It ended up being the game winning goal as the Blues couldn’t solve Rask. Just about everyone’s least favorite player unless your a Bruins fan, Brad Marchand picked up an empty netter securing a 4-2 Bruins win giving them the 1-0 series lead.
The Bruins outshot the Blues 38-20 with the big difference being the 2nd period which was just dominated by the Bruins. If the Blues want to be able to compete in this series they need to stay out of the penalty box. Boston had 5 power plays compared to only 2 for St.Louis. While the Bruins only scored on one of those power plays, it’s hard to win games when some of your best players aren’t getting the ice time they usually get because you’re short handed.
Personally, I would much rather see the Blues win this series one, because Boston doesn’t need another championship and also as a Flyers fan... F Boston.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at 8:00pm from the TD Garden in Boston on NBCSN.