Take away the first ten minutes of this game where Blues’ goalie Jordan Bennington gave up two soft five hole goals and what happened the remaining fifty minutes was a clinic put on by the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues showed the hockey world fifty-three minutes or so of how you take the other team apart by checking them into submission at every opportunity. Anything in a black and gold jersey near the puck was hit in the face and with bad intent by every St. Louis player.
It was like a prize fight and the Bruins were not helped when they lost defensemen Matt Grzelcyk in the second period and had to play the rest of the game with five defensemen rotating minutes. For good measure the Blues ran Bruin netminder Tuukka Rask twice in the game and then killed the penalty afterwards.
This was a message game sent from Craig Berube to the Boston Bruins…the message being if you want an inch of space you’re going to be hit and be hit with a nasty intent attached.
Sam Presti should have watched the game. I think he might have witnessed a coach who might be able to get Russell Westbrook to turn into an honest player. Sam Presti please call Craig Berube to help your diva star turn into an honest player. For $40 million per you should get a two way player.
It was old school hockey. The Bruins first line of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pasternak were for the second game invisible. As a group they are -7 in the first two games. Some regard this as the premier line in the NHL this season—yet the Blues haven’t in the least been impressed with the trio. Both Boston goals were scored by their fourth line.
Carl Gunnarson a defenseman ended the carnage 3:51 into the overtime with a rising slap shot from the top of the slot which Tuukka Rask never saw.
Rask was decent in this game and only because of his good play did the game even get to overtime. The game was for the most part played on his end with Boston’s defensemen unable to cleanly connect passes of any variety on any breakout plays. Quite frankly…they looked scared.
Boston’s puck movement was in a word…horrific. It looked like a pee wee level clusterfuck where none of these guys had ever been checked before in their lives.
The series now goes to St. Louis where the Blues now hold home ice advantage with three of the next four games being played in their arena in front of their adoring fans. The St. Louis baseball Cardinals absolutely suck this season. Don’t for a second think the St. Louis sports fans know this is their only chance with the Blues for anything special to happen this season pro sports wise in their city.
I would think Laura Branigan was heard singing “Gloria’ late into the night in the bars of St. Louis.
Boston needs a serious attitude adjustment in Game 3 if they want to lift the Cup.
After watching Game 2 in Boston probably need to learn the lyrics to ‘Gloria’.