Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Recap
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final got off to a fast and physical start on Wednesday night, as the Boston Bruins and St.Louis Blues did battle once more. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was in attendance and he had the TD Garden rocking once again. On top of a Boston legend being there the first period of this game set the tone for the game.Hits on top of hits and goals on top of goals was the theme for the first period of game 2.
Game 1 lacked a little physicality but game 2 made up for it, as it was hard hitting from puck drop to the final horn. The two teams combined for 52 hits after only two periods! St.Louis had the majority of them but even so, these two teams were throwing their weight around.
The 1st period had a combined 4 goals, 2 for the Blues and 2 for the Bruins. Charlie Coyle from the Bruins got the party started as he scored a powerplay goal after Sammy Blais took a goaltender interference penalty. A big concern for the Blues has been their lack of discipline, it cost them here early in the first as they trailed 1-0. Just 5 minutes later though, the Blues were able to respond as defenseman Robert Bortuzzo fired a quick shot from an angle and put it past a screened Tuukka Rask for his 2nd goal of the playoffs. Boston didn't let the tie game last very long as 1:20 later, Joakim Nordstrom beats Jordan Binnington five hole after receiving a beautiful pass from Sean Kuraly who was behind the net to give Boston a 2-1 lead. Vladimir Tarasenko of the St.Louis Blues with about 5 minutes left in the period was able to tie the game up at 2. He picked up his 10th goal of the playoffs on a two on one with him and Jaden Schwartz.Schwartz took a shot that banked off the pad of Rask who stopped Tarasenko on his first chance but, was unable to keep the second effort shot out. It remained 2-2 as we headed into the second period of action.
Period number 2 was a little less exciting as there were no goals scored during the 20 minute period. There was however plenty of action as the tight checking between these two teams continued. Each team ended up taking their share of penalties as some of the calls we've seen have been questionable to say the least. Luckily, for both teams none of the penalties hurt them as we ended the 2nd period the same way we started it all tied up at 2 goals a piece.
We headed to the final period of regulation all knotted up at 2 goals. The St.Louis Blues were desperately trying to avoid going into that dangerous two games to none hole and The Boston Bruins were looking to take full advantage of the home ice advantage. Once again the period was back and forth the whole time with each team getting their fair shares of chances. The Blues played with fire a little more than six minutes left to play but the Bruins were unable to capitalize and we stayed tied at 2. The most dangerous chance came from the Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarson with just under two minutes to play as he rang a shot off the post behind rask but it stayed out of the net. Time ticked down and the clock hit 0:00 and we headed to overtime in game 2.
Is there anything better than overtime in the Stanley Cup Final? Spoiler alert..no there is not, I will say it is a whole lot better when your favorite team isn't playing there's a lot less stress involved. It's still the most exciting thing in sports and this was no different. The Blues dominated the overtime from the start. Their forecheck was all over the Bruins and only 3:51 into the extra period it paid off. The Blues drew a penalty and were able to get the extra attacker out. The Bruins could not gain possession of the puck and Carl Gunnarson who had hit the post towards the end of regulation was able to fire a shot from the point past Tuukka Rask to give the Blues the 3-2 win. Gunnerson's goal evened the series up at 1-1 and gave the St.Louis Blues their franchise first Stanley Cup Final win.
Game 3 is Saturday night at 8PM EST on NBSCN as the series shifts to St.Louis for the first time.