After a controversial ending to game five, the Bruins had to play game six in a do-or-die scenario. The Bruins won game six in St. Louis by a score of 5-1, and now they get to go back to TD Garden in Boston for game seven. The Blues definitely did not want to have to go back to Boston for a game seven, but the Bruins felt like they had something to prove after the way game five had ended.
Despite what the St. Louis Post- Dispatch might have said about the Blues winning the cup before game six was even played, Boston won by four goals and needless to say, nobody was singing Gloria in St. Louis last night.
Much like the beginning of every other game this series, Tuukka Rask was tested early and often in game six. The Blues came out firing but Tuukka Rask was simply bulletproof last night. St. Louis only scored one time on their 30 shots on the night, and their one goal was nearly saved by Rask as well. But he kept the Blues scoreless throughout the course of the first period but Jordan Binnington was unable to do the same for St Louis.
With 8:40 left in the first period, Brad Marchand scored on a power play after getting a pass from Pastrnak. Marchand sniped the top right corner of the net near-post and Binnington had no shot at saving it. Both teams were getting power-play chances in this game, the Blues and Bruins both had two power plays each in the first period alone.
Tuukka Rask was tested multiple times again in the second period and made some fantastic saves. One, in particular, came from a shot close to the net from Brayden Schenn who tried to go top right corner from the left side of the net but Rask snatched it right out of the air.
Rask also may have proved that he is a magician with a save he had later in the period.
A shot rattled off the post and landed on his back and stayed there long enough for Rask to skate away from the net to let the puck drop in a safe place. St. Louis fans were cheering and thinking that they had scored, and most of the players on the ice had no clue where the puck even was. Rask came through for the Bruins again and denied St Louis a goal for the second straight period. The Bruins’ offensive play started to sputter in the second period and a lot of the play was spent in their defensive zone. Neither team was able to score in the second period and Boston had a 1-0 lead going into the third.
The Bruins were finally able to score again to make it 2-0 on a goal that Binnington probably should have saved.
Brandon Carlo fired a shot from distance and it snuck right by Bennington’s blocker. This was a demoralizing goal for the Blues and they began to spiral out of control at this point. Just before the midway point in the period, the Bruins scored again to make the score 3-0. Karson Kuhlman scored a scorcher. It was his first ever playoff goal and became the 21st member of the Bruins to score in this year’s playoff run.
The Blues were finally able to answer a few minutes later on a shot from Ryan O’Reilly that was initially ruled a save but after review, it was clear the Rask blocked the shot after it had crossed the goal line so the score was now 3-1.
The Bruins were not going to leave anything up to chance and they scored again after Sammy Blais was checked into the wall by Sean Kuraly and gave up possession of the puck in the Blues’ defensive zone. Aurally gathered the puck and passed it to Marchand who dished it off to David Pastrnak who scored with ease for his ninth goal of the playoffs. The score was now 4-1 with less than six minutes left.
The Blues pulled Binnington to bring on an extra skater but this only led to another goal for Zdeno Chara to make the score 5-1. With less than a minute left, Robert Bortuzzo got two separate penalties, totaling 12 minutes in the box for cross-checking and misconduct for punching Noel Acciari in the face after an exchange between the two.
The Bruins had their backs against the wall ever since the ending of game five, but there were determined to force a game seven. They were not going to let officials cause their season to end. The Blues now have to regroup and play the best game of their season in Boston.
TD Garden will be absolutely electric, and now the city of Boston has more to play for. The Red Sox legend, David Ortiz was shot last night in the Dominican Republic. He was rushed to the hospital and is now in stable condition after surgery.
There will likely be a heart-warming message to Big Papi from TD Garden before the game and if the Bruins needed a little extra motivation for game seven, This should certainly be enough. I expect Boston to win game seven by a score of 3-2 and the Bruins will hoist the Stanely Cup after the game.