The Stanley Cup was in the building on Sunday night as the Blues hosted the Bruins for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in St. Louis. But it wasn’t meant to be as the Bruins won, 5-1 to force Game 7. Now, both teams will have a chance to win it all back in Boston on Wednesday.
Check below for a recap of what happened in Game 6.
Some production from the top line
Don’t look now but the Bruins’ top line has found some life and production. That trio played well on Sunday night and were the Bruins’ best forwards in terms of possession at 5-on-5, just one game removed from being the team’s worst unit in that category. A goal from David Pastrnak in the third period gave that top unit its first goal at even-strength in the series, though Bergeron wasn’t on the ice.
The top line absolutely needed to get things going and play better in order to give the Bruins a chance, and Sunday’s game was a step in the right direction heading into Game 7.
Tuukka Rask comes up big again
Tuukka Rask has been dominant for the Bruins in potential elimination games this postseason and he had another outstanding night between the pipes in Game 6. He was particularly great in the first two periods as the Blues got some quality chances but were left frustrated by Rask, who stopped everything that came his way.
The second period was about survival for the Bruins. The Blues started to put some serious pressure on Boston in the middle frame but weren’t able to get anything on the board. Rask looked unbeatable, though he had a bit of luck on his side as well. Get a load of this sequence that saw a shot deflect off the post, onto Tuukka’s back, then get swatted out of mid-air back onto Tuukka’s back before getting cleared out of the zone. Just madness.
Rask was crucial in keeping the Bruins ahead and not giving the Blues any life in the first couple of periods before the Bruins were able to break things open.
On the other side, it wasn’t such a great night for Jordan Binnington. The second goal he gave up with a pretty weak bouncing shot from the point and it felt like somewhat of a back-breaker for the Blues, who had been pushing and looked like they might be due for a breakthrough.
Karson Kuhlman factors in
Karson Kuhlman made his Stanley Cup Final debut, slotting into Boston’s second line in place of David Backes. The young forward had an immediate impact, scoring hist first-ever playoff goal with an absolute beauty of a shot.
Kuhlman looked good bringing a little extra speed and energy to the lineup. More importantly, though, his presence on the wing also seemed to provide a boost for his linemates, David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, who struggled to get much of anything going in this series prior to Sunday.
It feels safe to assume that Kuhlman will stick in that spot for Game 7.
O’Reilly scores again
The Blues’ lone goal came from — guess who? — Ryan O’Reilly. He continues to light it up in this series. That’s his fourth goal in the last three games and his seventh point of the series. He has stepped up for St. Louis in this Cup Final after having a pretty rough go of things in the prior three rounds. If the Blues are able to get a win in Game 7, O’Reilly is looking like he might be playing himself into the Conn Smythe discussion.
Game 6 updates
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