Bruins Steam Roll Blues, Take 2-1 Series Lead
In what was supposed to be a great night for the city of St.Louis it turned into a nightmare real quick. This game was ugly and I mean that in the best way possible. It was hard hitting and nasty all game long, the teams combined for 64 hits and 30 penalty minutes. The Blues once again had a hard time staying out of the box and it hurt them in a bad way tonight. The Bruins went 4-4 on the powerplay as they cruised to a 7-2 win in a game that was never really close.
The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 in the first period. Patrice Bergeron got the scoring started as he was able to beat Jordan Binnington for his 100th career playoff point. This was the first powerplay goal of the game for the Bruins and they were nowhere near done. Seven minutes later Charlie Coyle added his 8th goal of the playoffs to put the Bruins up 2-0. Shortly after that, Sean Kuraly who has had a great series so far put home his 4th goal of the playoffs and the Bruins took a 3-0 lead into the locker room. On top of that, they were going to be starting the 2nd period on the powerplay.
It took only 41 seconds into the second period for the Bruins to score their second powerplay goal of the evening. David Pastrnak scored his 8th goal of the playoffs and just like that it was 4-0 Boston. They had done everything a road team could hope for, they were up big and took the crowd out of the game early. Ivan Barbashev was able to get the Blues back to within 3 as he scored with just about 9 minutes left in the period. However, the Blues took yet another penalty and the Bruins capitalized. Torey Krug scored just over one minute later to get the lead back to 5-1. That would remain the score as we headed to the third and final period.
The Blues did what they could to get back into the game but the mountain was just too steep to climb. Colton Parayko scored a powerplay goal for the Blues just five minutes into the third period to give the Blues a little momentum but it wasn't enough. With the goalie pulled Noel Acciari buried one and extended the lead to 6-2. As that goal was scored, the Blues took yet another penalty. It took the Bruins a little over 20 seconds to score their 4th and final powerplay goal of the night as Marcus Johansson beat Jake Allen who replaced Jordan Binnington to start the 3rd period. That would be all she wrote as the Bruins won the game 7-2 and have taken a 2-1 lead in the series and are now only two wins away from a Stanley Cup Championship.
Game 4 comes to you on Monday night from St.Louis at 8pm EST on NBC as the Blues will look to shake off this one and bring the series back to even at two games a piece.