Bruins vs Blues : The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues are almost ready to hit the TD Garden ice for a critical Game 5 in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. In the last contest, the Blues evened the series behind a two-goal effort from Ryan O’Reilly and 21 saves from Jordan Binnington. Alex Pietrangelo added two assists for St. Louis, and Brayden Schenn finished with a goal and an assist.
Stanley Cup Game 5 Info
When: Thursday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET
Live stream: NBC Sports
Bruins vs Blues – Live
However, Boston has already recovered from a loss earlier in the Final. The Bruins lost Game 2 but routed the Blues 7-2 in Game 3.
The winning team Thursday isn’t assured of hoisting the Cup, but a 3-2 series advantage is typically a commanding edge.
Twice the Boston Bruins have been forced to finish a Stanley Cup Final game down a defenceman. The St. Louis Blues won each time.
That’s not a coincidence.
Wearing out opponents and winning the war of attrition has been an ingredient of the Blues’ playoff success. They took advantage of injuries to San Jose’s , and to move on to the final, and with Boston potentially without captain for Game 5 Thursday St. Louis is now two victories away from lifting the Stanley Cup as the healthier team.
“We can see it throughout games and throughout series,” Blues captain said Wednesday. “It’s tough minutes to play against our forward lines when they’re playing the way they can. You can see the momentum we create by our line changes in the offensive zone, we’re just using all four lines. If I was a defenceman, that would be tough to defend against.”
After going down 2-1 to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final, the St. Louis Blues evened the series in Game 4 to keep their hopes of a first title within reach.
The Blues could have easily been deflated after a 7-2 blowout loss in Game 3, but instead came out firing to score within 43 seconds of the puck drop on Monday. Ryan O’Reilly scored that goal, as well as the game-winner in the third period to seal a 4-2 victory, and he has two assists in the series as well. Vladimir Tarasenko has also been crucial for St. Louis, with three goals in the finals.
Charlie Coyle has been a force for Boston throughout the series, scoring goals in each of the last three games, with an assist in the mix as well. Though he’s been solid in goal in the Bruins’ playoff run, goalie Tuukka Rask allowed more goals in Game 4 than any contest in the series, so he’ll look to rebound on home ice.
Game 5 has proven to be pivotal in the Final, as historically the winner has proceeded to take home the Stanley Cup 18 of 25 times (72%).
And though they have a home crowd to support them, the Bruins enter with uncertainty surrounding captain Zdeno Chara, who was hit in the face by a puck in the second period of Game 4.