Blues turn the tables on Bruins, even Stanley Cup Final with OT win in Game 2

Evan Marinofsky
May 29, 2019 - 11:21 pm

The tables turned in Game 2, as the Blues dominated the Bruins for most of Wednesday night's game en route to a 3-2 overtime victory to tie the Stanley Cup Final at 1-1. 

Unlike Game 1, Wednesday night saw the Blues outshoot the Bruins 36-23. For the four minutes of overtime, the Blues controlled play, ending in Carl Gunnarson's blast from the point beating Tuukka Rask to earn the 3-2 win. 

The Patrice Bergeron line wasn't itself and the Blues turned back into their resilient selves, clawing back from being behind by a goal two different times. 

In the first period, it was as back-and-forth as a hockey game could get. 

The Bruins kicked things off scoring first when Jake DeBrusk fed Charlie Coyle in the slot for the power play goal. The only reason the Bruins were on the power play was because of Sammy Blais getting called for goalie interference after plowing into Tuukka Rask. 

A common storyline throughout these playoffs is the resiliency from the Blues and they showed it when Robert Bortuzzo threw one on net that deflected off Matt Grzelcyk to tie it. 

Less than a minute later, Sean Kuraly dished a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Joakim Nordstrom who backhanded one right through Jordan Binnington's legs to make it 2-1. 

And then to cap it off, the Blues showed their resiliency once again, when Vladimir Tarasenko fought one past Rask and Zdeno Chara defending. 

There may have been four goals collectively scored in the first period but in the second there were none. The most notable thing to come from the middle 20 was Bruce Cassidy moving David Pastrnak down to the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. 

Even though the game headed to overtime, the Blues had the closest chance to taking the lead in the third period when Carl Gunnarson rang a slapshot off the post. 

When it came to the play in net, Rask stopped 34 of 37. Binnington countered by stopping 21 of 23. Rask's best save of the night came with nine minutes to play in the third period when he stopped two consecutive Blues' shots to keep the score tied. 

The hit of the night came on David Backes leveling Sammy Blais as the Blues forward attempted to run over Backes. 

There was also a controversial hit from St. Louis' Oskar Sundqvist on Matt Grzelcyk late in the first. Grzelcyk did not return to the game.

Game 3 is Saturday night in St. Louis. Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m.

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