Blues C Sundqvist suspended one game for boarding
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2019,
Jun 07, 2019, 13:28
St. Louis Blues' Carl Gunnarsson (4), of Sweden, is congratulated by Ivan Barbashev (49), of Russian Federation and Alex Pietrangelo, right, after he scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins during the first overtime period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Boston. The Bruins have scored a power-play goal in six consecutive games.
St. Louis, which had been the least penalized team in the Cup playoffs heading into the series, knows that it can't keep making mistakes. Binnington has been brilliant at times and then disappoints, so this is a huge game for him as well.
He crashed to the ice and was helped off after the hit with 2:06 remaining in the first period. Wagner hasn't played since blocking a shot in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, while Miller last played April 4.
The Blues looked like a different team after a dud in Game 1. "We need to get pucks by them and chip it out from there". The more I think about this uncharacteristic slump the more I wonder about the reasons why it could be.
If Binnington can remain focused in front of a home crowd that has waited almost 50 years to see a Stanley Cup Final game again, the Blues should be able to ride their momentum from a strong game two into a dominate series lead at home.
Sanford acknowledged he played with some hesitation in Game 1 against the Jets, due to nerves, so he's hoping to shake any lingering jitters by registering some early hits and puck touches this time around. You're going to play a good team and we're playing a good team and we expect it to be tight.
"I don't anticipate they'll be overwhelmed", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. Can the Blues rattle off three straight games and win the series four games to one?
The Bruins are two victories away from their first Stanley Cup since 2011 and Boston's third in a row in the four major North American professional sports. Sanford, who had an assist and was a plus-one in the loss, is likely battling forward Robby Fabbri for a spot in the Blues lineup Monday. They were responsible for 23 of the Bruins' 32 goals going into the final and exploited matchups against offensive trios similar to the Blues' top line. "They'll eventually get to their game and I believe that will be tomorrow". "We've been flirting with it all series, and they burned us tonight".
"It's about time we get going", said Pastrnak, who scored his first goal in the final. "Just play to their level, play to their standard and they should be fine".
"We do have to limit the penalties", Blues coach Craig Berube said.
With their top choice for zone exits out of the lineup, Patrice Bergeron knows the forwards need to be better in Game 3 at getting back into the zone and helping their defense execute cleaner exits. If the Blues continue this level of physicality, it will be hard for the Bruins to match it especially with Matt Grzelcyk being sidelined.
Binnington allowed five goals on 19 shots before getting the hook for the first time in his National Hockey League career but will nearly certainly be back in net for Game 4.
"It's a place we sort of blossomed our charitable work for our four-legged friends that we continue to do now".
Bruins Injuries: Kevan Miller: out (upper body), Matt Grzelcyk: day to day (upper body).