Bruins force Game 7 with win over the Blues

The Bruins take Game 6 in St. Louis to push the Stanley Cup Final back to Boston on Wednesday

Brayton Wilson
June 10, 2019 - 7:26 am

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For the 17th time in NHL history, there will be a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.

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The Boston Bruins put any parade plans on hold on Sunday with a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Blues entered Sunday's Game 6 matchup with the 3-2 series lead after a controversial 2-1 win on Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston. It was also St. Louis' first crack at a Stanley Cup title in franchise history in front of the hometown crowd.

However, the Blues ended up playing too hesitant at times, and ended up getting out-played in their final game of the season at home.

The Blues were feeling the energy early on with a number of quality chances against Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. However, it was the Bruins getting out to the early lead thanks to a power play goal from Brad Marchand. With the Blues at a two-man disadvantage, Boston struck first as Marchand ripped a one-time shot from the glove side of goalie Jordan Binnington off a feed from David Pastrnak.

The Bruins ended up controlling the majority of the second half of the opening period, and went on to out-shoot the Blues, 12-9.

St. Louis responded well with a good second period of play by dominating offensive possession, especially later in the period, but Rask was up to the task and kept the Blues off the scoreboard.

Just 2:31 into the third period, Boston put a damper on the Blues' comeback hopes as defenseman Brandon Carlo fired a bouncing puck from the point that banked off the inside of Binnington's blocker and just over the goal line.

Less than eight minutes later, the Bruins added to their lead as forward Karson Kuhlman fired a wrist shot over the blocker of Binnington, off the cross bar and in for his first career playoff goal. Kuhlman's goal gave Boston their 21st different goal scorer in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying a record with the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers for the most goal scorers for one team in the playoffs.

Former Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly gave the Blues some life with a goal less than two minutes later that just found its way over the goal line after video review. However, the Bruins put the game out of reach with 5:54 to go as Pastrnak got some space in front of Binnington and made a move to score his ninth goal of the playoffs.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara added an empty net goal with 2:19 remaining in regulation to make it 5-1.

Rask was the difference for the Bruins in this game with 28 saves on 29 shots faced. He turned away a number of quality chances for the Blues all night, and helped force Game 7 of the series coming up on Wednesday night in Boston.

The last time a series went a full seven games in the Stanley Cup Final came back in 2011 when the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win their first title since 1972.

Faceoff on Wednesday night is set for 8 p.m., and the game can be heard on WGR Sports Radio 550.

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