Boston dominates Game Three
The Boston Bruins restored their Stanley Cup Finals lead on Saturday with a dominant 7-2 win in Game Three against the St Louis Blues.
It was the first Stanley Cup Finals game to take place in St Louis since 1970, and after they levelled the series in Game Two, some sports betting companies made the Blues the favourites to win the match. However, they were comprehensively outplayed by a Boston team that was particularly strong on the power-play, scoring four times from four shots at the Enterprise Center.
On a difficult night, St Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington conceded five goals on 19 shots and was pulled for the first time this season after 52 starts. Replacement Jake Allen made three saves on what was his first appearance in front of his home fans since January.
For Boston, Torey Krug scored four points and became the first Bruins player to record that number of points in a Stanley Cup game, while Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and two assists to finish with three points and goaltender Tuukka Rask came up with 27 saves. Speaking to the media, Krug reflected on the change of approach that had brought Boston success.
"We tried to be more decisive and assertive getting pucks to the net after one or two passes. The fact that we knew that someone was going to shoot the puck off of one or two passes allowed our guys to just get to the net in front of the goaltender's eyes and then recover the puck if there's a rebound to be had," he said.
Bergeron started the scoring with a power-play goal after a Krug shot from the blue line was deflected. That goal came at 10:47 in the first period, and Boston extended their lead with two goals at the end of the period. First, Charlie Coyle scored at 17:40 and then Sean Kuraly fired in a wrist-shot through a screen with ten seconds to go in the first half to make it 3-0. Then, Boston scored a fourth goal in the opening seconds of the second period through David Pastrňák on the power-play.
Ivan Barbashev pulled a goal back for St Louis half-way through the second period, but Krug restored the four-goal lead with a power-play score just over a minute later. Colton Parayko made it 5-2 early in the third period, but goals from Noel Acciari and Marcus Johannsson finished off the game and left St Louis needing to bounce back in Game Four on Monday.
Words: Stijn Janssen