Bruins ride power play to Game 3 win over Blues

Bruins ride power play to Game 3 win over Blues

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. Four shots. Four goals.

The goal stood, giving the Bruins their 3-0 lead.

The Blues are hoping their first Cup Final game at home in 49 years gives them the boost of adrenaline and energy needed to take a series lead - something they've never had in their three previous Cup Final appearances in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

"[Krug] was great, making plays happen even in our own zone, getting the puck out, skating and really seeing forwards open and findings ways to get the puck to us", said Patrice Bergeron who had a three point night with a goal and two assists. Joakim Nordstrom chipped in with a pair of assists.


Noel Acciari added an empty-net marker at 18:12 for Boston, and Marcus Johansson tacked on his fourth goal of the playoffs at 18:35 on the power play.

"I think it's tough to play against", Johansson said earlier last week. Well I have two more for you. It would do them no good to be stubborn and keep feeding futile pucks into dead ends. When the Stanley Cup Final is tied, 1-1, the victor of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 22-6 (78.6 percent) since 1939. And then the Blues came back and won Game 2 in overtime, and it was a brand new series?

A lopsided win like that will usually cause bookmakers to adjust the line, game-to-game, and they have for Game 4 - although it's not a big move. Binnington was 24-6 with a 1.89 GAA during the regular season, including 14-2 with a 2.02 GAA here at home and 1-0 with a 0.92 GAA against the Bruins.

Berube said he has not sought explanation from the league on the officiating.


Once again, the St. Louis Blues are the ideal example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Louis Rams players Isaac Bruce and Chris Long, current Kansas City Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, NASCAR's Richard Petty and Bubba Wallace and retired track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee were among the celebrities in attendance. 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. Jake DeBrusk was the unit's only member to log a shot in Game 2.

St. Louis contested the decision, believing Boston went offsides, while fully knowing that a failed coach's challenge would lead to a penalty.

Binnington is 5-2 this postseason following a loss. Charlie Coyle buried a wrister from the right circle at 17:40, and Sean Kuraly beat Binnington with a wrister at 19:50. The raucous arena was suddenly as quiet as a school library on a Friday afternoon. "But, you know, the game gets out of reach".

Ivan Barbashev offered the Blues a lifeline with his third playoff goal at 11:05 of the second, but Krug took it away just 31 seconds into the Bruins' third man advantage. He gave up one goal on four shots.


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