Bruins crush Blues, take 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final

Evan Marinofsky
June 01, 2019 - 11:09 pm
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Enterprise Center was bumping prior to the drop of the puck. Blues fans waited 49 years for Saturday night's game and the anthem singer let them sing the middle notes. The building shook. 

But once the game got going and the first period was done, a much different note was sung, as the Bruins led 3-0 en route to a 7-2 win to take a 2-1 series lead. 

The power play was the big x-factor for the Bruins in Game 3. As disciplined as the Blues were heading into the Stanley Cup Final, they allowed the Bruins to have four power plays. The B's converted on all of them. 

The first line was also a huge point of emphasis, as they factored into three of the Bruins' seven goals. 

After only having one shot through the first seven or so minutes of the first period, the Bruins caught a break when David Perron got called for interference. 

And for the second straight game, the B's got on the board first with their power play. This time it was Patrice Bergeron tipping a Torey Krug shot past Jordan Binnington. 

Seven minutes later, Marcus Johansson dished a beautiful pass to Charlie Coyle who wristed one past Binnington to make it 2-0. 

The scoring continued, as Sean Kuraly wired a shot past Binnington with 10 seconds left in the first period to make it 3-0. The Blues challenged for offsides but despite the NBC crew saying it was offsides, the call stood as 'onsides' and the Bruins took a three-goal lead. 

Because the Blues challenged and the call stood, they got a minor penalty. The Bruins began the second period on the man-advantage and cashed in when David Pastrnak backhanded one over Binnington to take a four-goal lead. 

The Blues responded eight minutes later, as Ivan Barbashev's shot hit Charlie McAvoy's foot and went past Tuukka Rask to cut the four-goal lead to three. 

Just as the Blues got a bit of momentum, Colton Parayko took a penalty. Once again, the B's were on the power play and once again, they cashed in. 

Torey Krug's wrister gave Binnington an early exit from the game. 

A common theme in Saturday night's game were penalties and after Zdeno Chara went to the box for roughing, Colton Parayko cashed in on the power play to make it 5-2. 

The Bruins added two more in the final two minutes -- one an empty-netter by Noel Acciari and a power play one-timer from Marcus Johansson to make it 7-2. 

Binnington finished with 14 saves on 19 shots. Jake Allen, his replacement, finished with three saves on four shots. 

On the Bruins' side of the ice, Rask had himself a solid game, stopping 27 of 29 shots. 

A scary moment took place with under a minute to play in the third period when Charlie McAvoy blocked Alex Pietrangelo's shot and had to go down the tunnel afterwards. 

Aside from the McAvoy knee injury, David Perron and Rask expressed their dislike for each other. 

Game 4 is Monday at 8 p.m. from St. Louis.

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