St. Louis was ready to celebrate its first Stanley Cup Final game on home ice in 49 years.
The Bruins have made them pay dearly, scoring six times in three games, finding the net in 42.8 percent of their chances. There was nothing for them to rally around, from the performance of their goaltender to their penalty killing to their trademark sense of resilience. "We're not officials. We go out there and we play the game", he said. "I mean it was, but listen, our team is confident".
Meanwhile, Boston will look to bounce back and remind everyone of why they came into this series as significant favorites.
The Blues' identity is that of a physical team which, over the course of a game or series, wears an opponent down. It was ugly from start to finish, and there were virtually no bright spots for St. Louis. After the contest was 5-2 heading into the final period, Colton Parayko cut it to 5-2 at the 14:36 mark of the third on a power play goal assisted by Ryan O'Reilly and Tyler Bozak. "He's always rebounded really well".
The Bruins power-play in game three was unstoppable going four-for-four with the man advantage and scoring for a seventh straight game.
When the Bruins go on the power play, it's poetry in motion on the ice that comes from a combination of detailed coaching and planning, high-end talent and exquisite execution. They're not moving the puck starting at a guy. The Blues need to work on their penalty kill, which has struggled in the playoffs and it allowed the Bruins four power play goals in game three. two of those came in the opening frame. Are the Boston Bruins going to make the Blues look foolish given enough time?
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Their one player with Stanley Cup final experience has provided the Blues with nothing except undisciplined play. The problem here is that the Blues tread a fine line when it comes to the physical side of the game and when you do that, you sometimes find yourself on the wrong side of it.
Torey Krug has a goal and 3 assists as the Boston Bruins pumped the St. Louis Blues 7-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blues just have to do what they can to make sure the game isn't out of reach after 21 minutes this time.
"We try to exploit certain areas", Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said of his team's power play. "When we do that, we're effective". Oskar Sundqvist was serving his one-game suspension for boarding Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2. If he weren't taking needless offensive zone penalties and jostling after the whistle he would be having no effect on the game.
Blues forward Brayden Schenn sidestepped a question about whether things are being called differently against the team than in earlier rounds. "We've discussed about penalties and he'll be more disciplined (in Game 4)", Berube said. "I told him I wasn't, just trying to get out of there".
The Bruins broke through for four goals on four man-advantage opportunities in Game 3 but did so while managing just four total shots on goal across those powerplays.