BOSTON 5 ST. LOUIS 1 (Best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final tied 3-3)
The St. Louis Blues had their chance of a lifetime on Sunday as they led the Stanley Cup Final 3-2 with Game 6 on home ice. Unfortunately, they could not take advantage and lost 5-1 to the Boston Bruins, tying the series at three games apiece and setting up Game 7 Wednesday in Boston.
The Blues had a chance to become the first team since 1914 to go from being in last place at the halfway mark of the season and win it all, the only other team being the 1914 Boston Braves who were in last place in the National League on July 4 of that season before going on an extended streak, winning the National League and then defeating the Philadelphia Athletics in four straight.
But it was not to be as Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots to lead the Bruins to the victory.
The Bruins outshot St. Louis 12-9 in the first period and scored the only goal of the stanza as Brad Marchand snapped a shot past Jordan Binnington with Boston on a five-on-three power play as Braden Schenn was in the penalty box for boarding Joakim Nordstrom as well as Ryan O’Reilly who was given an all to rare minor, as he was called for delay of game for putting the puck into the crowd.
It was a tight second period with the Blues outshooting Boston 10-8 as both netminders were perfect and it set up a wild third period.
Brandon Carlo made it 2-0 just 2:31 into the third period when his shot from the point bounced and went past Binnington. It was Carlo’s second of the playoffs and fourth point in 23 games.
Karson Kuhlman extended the lead to three when his wrist shot went past Binnington and into the top corner. It was Kuhlman’s first game since April 30 as he replaced David Backes in the Boston lineup.
The Blues cut the lead to two but needed video review to do so as Ryan O’Reilly’s shot just went over the line. Rask appeared to make the save but his pads were in the net and it was ruled a goal. It was O’Reilly’s third straight game with a goal and it gave him seven this playoff season.
Zdeno Chara, who reportedly has a broken jaw, completed the scoring with an empty-netter. It was his second of the playoffs.
Bergeron led the Bruins with six shots on net. Charlie McAvoy had five hits.
The play got chippy in the last 30 seconds and Robert Bortuzzo took a misconduct and ended the game with 12 penalty minutes.
Binnington made 27 saves on 31 shots in the St. Louis net. Boston outshot St. Louis 12-10 in the third.
Game 7 will be played in Boston and it will be the first Game 7 Stanley Cup Final ever played in Boston.
It should be a doozy!
NOTES: TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that Vancouver is interested in Edmonton’s Milan Lucic. ... The Arizona Coyotes are apparently interested in Matt Duchene should he become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. ... The Ducks are likely to buy out the remainder of Corey Perry’s contract. ... Los Angeles will try and deal Dion Phaneuf and if they are unable to, will buy out his contract, according to Pierre LeBrun.