Stanley Cup Final Game Day Thread: Game 2 – St. Louis Blues @ Boston Bruins

It’s the final round of the playoffs, and the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues continue with game 2. Tonight, on NBCSN.
LET’S GO BRUINS!

There is another Stanley Cup Final game today!

The Bruins started off a litle slow. They missed a lot of passes, spent a little too much time moving the puck east-west instead of north-south, and didn’t play a particularly physical game. They fell behind 0-2 including a bad gaffe by David Pastrnak.


Why David, why do we drop-pass behind our own net?
However, after that, the Bruins remembered “hey, we’re faster and deeper than these guys!”, drawing a couple of penalties, & stopping the Blues from having any shots on goal for nearly 7 minutes. They also tied up the game.


Sean Kuraly would pot the go-ahead goal, and Brad Marchand would toss in an empty-net dagger.
Bruins would win 4-2.
Along the way, we were reminded that David Perron is a jackass and Torey Krug is a tough little SOB.


Naturally, there are a lot of Blues fans who are trying to paint Krug as a villain and a thug for chosing to make a hit on a larger player who was playing the puck.

C’mon hockey Twitter, I expected better…
– actually no, I expected exactly this of you. Carry on, I guess.

So the Bruins are up by 1 game to 0 in this series!

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.

The Bruins are still rather healthy. Zdeno Chara needed some stitches to fix this leak after blocking a shot in the 3rd period on Monday


But he appears to generally be ok.

Chris Wagner is still out (and presumably will miss the series) after blocking a shot with his forearm in game 3 of the Hurricanes series and totally not breaking his arm /s.
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 came into the series rather healthy, with only D-man Vince Dunn on the injury lists, after eating a biscuit in the Sharks series. Robby Fabbri was pulled in game 1 in favor of rookie Robert Thomas — the recipient of that colorful Torey Krug check. Thomas is now out, though apparently not due to that hit. Fabbri’s reappearance is a game time decision – they may go with 7D if they deem Vince Dunn to be ready.
Their most notable performer has been their former backup goaltender Jordan Binnington, who has put up a respectable GAA of 2.37 and save % of .914., but much higher numbers in the games leading to the Final. 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 (#29 Vince Dunn)
#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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