Bruins hit back to set up Game Seven
The Boston Bruins fought back hard in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, securing a 5-1 win at Enterprise Center that means they will head back to Boston for the decider.
The Bruins had fallen 3-2 behind in the series after Game Five, and sports betting companies made the St. Louis Blues the favourites to get the win at the weekend and clinch their first ever Stanley Cup.
However, Boston have shown plenty of resilience so far throughout these playoffs and they were impressive on Sunday night, led by a huge performance from goaltender Tuukka Rask and their penalty kill team. They frustrated the Blues before clinching the game with a flurry of goals in the third period, and speaking after the game, defenceman Charlie McAvoy said that the result showed the unity and determination among the players:
“We’d come all this way. We come together when it matters, and I think tonight was just a good example of that. We’re thankful. We’re blessed with a chance to play in Game Seven now.”
Rask’s contribution was an impressive 28 saves, while Brandon Carlo scored the decisive goal and Zdeno Chára completed the rout. Boston also finished 4-for-4 on their penalty kill and have an impressive 17-for-18 record in this series. That record was helped by Rask coming up with 12 saves while the Bruins were shorthanded, including three early in the first period.
For St. Louis, who have been impressive on the road during these playoffs, this was another disappointing home defeat. Ryan O’Reilly scored, while Jordan Binnington made 27 saves, and St. Louis stayed in the game until the start of the period, after conceding on 8:40 in the first, when Brad Marchand beat Binnington from the bottom of the right circle thanks to a diagonal pass from David Pastrňák.
The Blues hit back in search of an equaliser, but Rask preserved their lead, coming up with 19 saves over the first two periods. Having weathered the storm, the Bruins scored a second early in the third when Carlo fired in a wrist shot that went into the net via Binnington’s blocker. Karson Kuhlman made it 3-0 at 10:15 with his first goal in the NHL, and although O’Reilly pulled a goal back for the Blues with 7:59 left on the clock, they were unable to close the gap further, and Pastrňák and Chára completed the 5-1 scoreline.
Words: Stijn Janssen