It’s the final round of the playoffs, and the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues continue with game 3. Tonight, on NBCSN.
LET’S GO BRUINS!
There is another Stanley Cup Final game today!
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 9, 2019
The Bruins started off a little slowly in game one. 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.
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. Sean Kuraly would pot the go-ahead goal, and Brad Marchand would toss in an empty-net dagger. Bruins would win 4-2.
In game 2, the Blues battled back, putting pucks where Bruins wouldn’t get to them, abd making more hits. They flipped the script, keeping the Bruins from taking shots for much of the game, and hanging on for a 3-2 overtime win. During the game Blues 4th-liner Oskar Sundqvist would make this dumb-ass hit
This clip is for #stlblues fans who are on my timeline saying that there was no time for Sundqvist to avoid the hit
This clip is for hockey fans who want to victim blame
— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) May 30, 2019
Grzelcyk would leave the game for the hospital. Sundqvist got a 2 minute minor in game (injury only adds 2 minutes for stick fouls) but was suspended for a game by Dept of Player Safety. Grizz is out with a concussion. A story about how horrible it will be for the Blues missing their 4th-liner is floating around the internet with every crap-ass site pretending it is original content.
Well rest assured that this crap-ass site has higher ethics than that.
So the Bruins and Blues are tied up at 1 game apiece in the series.
— #StanleyCup on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 30, 2019
Shut up, Pam. Jim was always the cute one.
What will be the lineup tonight?
Less than we would hope, but still not horrible. The Bruins are down by a few depth guys.
Most recently, Matt Grzelcyk is out with a concussion from the Oscar Sundqvist hit in game 2. The older injuries are still out there – Chris Wagner has been out since late in game 3 of the Hurricanes series with a forearm injury. 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, and John Moore will replace Matt Grzelcyk on the 3rd defensive pairing.
Tuukka Rask will be in goal.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#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.
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.
#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
#12 Zach Sanford — #49 Ivan Barbashev — #20 Alex Steen
#6 Joel Edmundson — #27 Alex Pietrangelo
#19 Jay Bouwmeester — #55 Colton Parayko
#4 Carl Gunnarsson — #41 Robert Bortuzzo
#50 Jordan Binnington
(#34 Jake Allen)
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 1, 2019
LET’S GO BRUINS!