Stanley Cup Final Game Day Thread: Game 1 – St. Louis Blues @ Boston Bruins

It’s the final round of the playoffs, and the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues begin with game 1. Tonight, on NBC.
LET’S GO BRUINS!

There is a Stanley Cup Final game today!

The NHL has arranged a pre-game viewing party at City Hall Plaza, featuring super-relevant musical guests that guy from Florida-Georgia Line who does that country song and Li’l Naz. Because Bruins?
I can’t imagine anyone


more appropriate


or more local


Who the fans might have a connection to?

Ahhh well.

There will also be in-stadum crowd lights

And the TD Garden has introduced some special in-stadium meals for the series. A bacon-wrapped steak and cheese hot dog


and a bacon-cheeseburger with a donut as a bun


They are disgusting, yet glorious.

What will be the lineup tonight?

It’s something we’ve become used to.

While David Krejci missed some team events due to illness and Brad Marchand had a maintenance day yesterday, the Bruins are rather healthy right now. Zdeno Chara and John Moore have been on ice for practices and Thursday’s scrimmage. The down side? Chris Wagner will miss the first game and presumably the series after blocking a shot with his forearm in game 3 of the Hurricanes series.
Uhhh… happy birthday?

Kevan Miller (remember him?) is still out of the lineup after suffering a setback during the Canes series to his never-ending knee injury.

So the forward lines from the last game should make a reappearance, as will the defensive pairings from games 1-3 of the Conference Final with Chara returning and Matt Grzelcyk displacing John Moore on the 3rd pairing.

Tuukka Rask will be in goal.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

David Backes

David Backes

Marcus Johansson

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#41 Jaroslav Halak)

The St. Louis Blues are the opponent for this Stanley Cup Final. You may remember them from their previous Stanley Cup Final appearances in… (looks up on teh intarwebz) 1968, 1969 & 1970. Those appearances did not go as well as they might have hoped, with the Blues losing 0-4 in three consecutive postseasons.

St. Louis Blues hall of fame goaltender Glenn Hall in his most iconic photograph from the 1969-70 Stanley Cup Final


However, this team is not those teams, and the Bruins team they face is different from the 1970 Bruins. One advantage for this Bruins team should be playoff final experience – none of the Blues have played in the finals, while much of the Bruins leadership has. But the Blues do have plenty of other playoff experience, having made the playoffs for 4 of the last 5 seasons.

The Blues have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL since the new year, firing head coach Mike Yeo and bouncing from the bottom of their division to 2nd in the Central and winning 3 rounds of playoff games. They are rather healthy, with only D-man Vince Dunn. appearing on the injury lists, with a jaw injury. Most notable has been their former backup goaltender Jordan Binnington, who has put up a respectable GAA of 2.37 and save % of .914.
They’ve also been celebrated for their depth, generating points up and down their lineup. Their top playoff scorers are Jaden Schwartz, Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron with 17, 14, 13 & 13 postseason points respectively, and D-man Alex Petrangelo, who’s been the master of assists with 11.

Blues Forwards
#17 Jaden Schwartz — #10 Brayden Schenn — #91 Vladimir Tarasenko
#9 Sammy Blais — #90 Ryan O’Reilly — #57 David Perron
#7 Patrick Maroon — #21 Tyler Bozak — #15 Robby Fabbri
#49 Ivan Barbashev — #70 Oskar Sundqvist — #20 Alex Steen

Blues Defense
#6 Joel Edmundson — #27 Alex Pietrangelo
#19 Jay Bouwmeester — #55 Colton Parayko
#4 Carl Gunnarsson — #41 Robert Bortuzzo

Blues Goaltending
#50 Jordan Binnington
(#34 Jake Allen)

LET’S GO BRUINS!
WHOOOO!

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Wow, huh?

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phonymahoney

Three to go!

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Woo hoo!!!!! Three more to go!!!!

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Hey Bruins! Shots on goal, eh?

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Time to cash in!!

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AHHHHH KRUG

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Not a great time for a penalty. Grumble, grumble.

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Kuraly!!!!!! Woo!

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Fuck yes, Kuraly

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What the fuck?? Hooking on Binnington, no?

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For sure