Stanley Cup Game 3 Recap

Sean Kuraly the 4th line wonder  Photo Credit: Jeff Roberson

Sean Kuraly the 4th line wonder

Photo Credit: Jeff Roberson

On Saturday night the Bruins put on a masterclass and roughed up the St Louis Blue 7-2. As the series shifted to St. Louis, which would host its first Stanley Cup game since 1970, the Blues were riding quite the high from their overtime victory in game 2. The Bruins deflated those hopes with 3 unanswered first period goals. After much talk of the Bruins first line of Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak being essentially shut out in the first 2 games, it was Bergeron who struck first on the power play. Surprise. Also surprise again, that the Blues were on a penalty kill. The Bruins would go on to add two more goals through Charlie Coyle and Sean Kuraly who have both been incredible for the Bruins in these playoffs. If the Bruins go on to win this series, it’s due to their depth and great 3rd and 4th line play. The Bruins didn’t wait long to strike in the 2nd period as David Pastrnak scored 40 secs in. The Blues would give themselves a sliver of hope when they finally got on the score sheet midway through the 2nd period, but the Bruins would put all that to rest as Torey Krug restored the Bruins 4 goal lead minutes later, which they would carry into the 3rd period. Much of the 3rd period was the Bruins just eating time up. The Blues would add a goal while the Bruins would add 2 more, for a 7-2 final.

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The big stat of the night was the powerplay goals from the Bruins, as you can see from above they had 4. The Blues have been a heavy penalized team throughout this series, so it might would be a good idea for them to stop giving up penalties when your penalty kill is horrible. In the end, it was total domination from the Boston Bruins and the perfect response after game 2. Everybody got all high and mighty on the Blues and some started to even make them favorites for the remainder of the series, so this was the Bruins reminder to everyone that they’re still here and the best team. Game 4 is tonight and less than a hour away, because I waited so long to write this.

Thanny