Ryan O'Reilly's 2 goals lift Blues past Bruins, even up Stanley Cup Final

Evan Marinofsky
June 03, 2019 - 11:09 pm

Losing 7-2 on home ice in the Stanley Cup Final tends to fire up the team who loses. The Blues, after experiencing that in Game 3, were firing on all cylinders in Game 4 en route to a 4-2 win. 

For extended periods of time throughout the game, the Blues held the Bruins down in their own zone, specifically midway through the second period. When the Blues went up 3-2 in the third, there was no real push from the Bruins. 

The Blues came out like dogs on raw meat in the first period and it only took them 43 seconds to strike. Off a Vince Dunn shot from the point, Ryan O'Reilly wrapped the rebound around the net and past Tuukka Rask to make it 1-0. 

Despite an onslaught from the Blues, the Bruins responded roughly 12 minutes later when Charlie Coyle continued his hot streak and tied the game. Danton Heinen took a big hit and Zdeno Chara pinched in from the point to set up Coyle's ninth of the postseason. 

The Patrice Bergeron line did a great job of shutting down Vladimir Tarasenko in Game 3, but with five minutes left in the first period, the Blues got the mismatch they were looking for -- Tarasenko and his linemates out against Coyle and his, which led to the Blues taking a 2-1 lead off the stick of Tarasenko. 

Around the 10-minute mark of the second period, the Bruins found themselves pinned in their own zone. It ended in Connor Clifton, whose shift lasted 3:06, taking a penalty for an illegal check to the head. 

Even with all that against the Bruins, the unthinkable happened: Brandon Carlo scored a goal. And not just any goal -- a shorthanded one. It was his first ever postseason goal. 

Halfway through the third period, the Blues re-took the lead when O'Reilly slapped home an Alex Pietrangelo rebound to make it 3-2. 

A main storyline of the game was Zdeno Chara taking a puck to the face in the second period. He went to the dressing room for the rest of the second and returned to the bench in the third, but did not play a single shift in the period. 

The only time Chara stepped on the ice was during a TV timeout towards the end of the third to give advice to his teammates. 

Between Games 3 and 4, Craig Berube stated his displeasure with the officiating in the series. The Blues' gameplan to counter that seemed to be flopping. From Tarasenko to Jaden Schwartz to Jordan Binnington, Blues were dropping all over the place.

Game 5 is back in Boston at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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