Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues
NHL: Sunday, June 9, 2019, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri, 8:00 PM ET
The St. Louis Blues are on the brink of winning their first-ever Stanley Cup after a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 5 at TD Garden in Boston. The Blues host the Bruins in Game 6 on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and are listed as -300 favorites to win the championship, while the Bruins are +240 underdogs to overcome their deficit in the Final.
The Bruins were furious with officiating in Game 5
The Boston Bruins (63-30-11) suffered their second-straight defeat in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, and the controversial play in the 3rd period took a big part in their loss. The officials missed a call on an illegal hit that directly led to the Blues’ second goal with 9:24 left on the clock. The Bruins cut the deficit thanks to Jake DeBrusk’s fourth goal of the postseason, but they couldn’t force the overtime. “It just seems to have changed everything. It’s right in front of the official. It’s a slew foot. Our guy’s gone. The spotter took him out of the game for a possible concussion. I mean, it’s blatant. It had a big effect on the game”, the Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I’m disappointed, it was egregious. But we’re moving on. We’re getting ready for Game 6.”
The Bruins took 39 shots towards Jordan Binnington and scored just one goal, so they cannot complain only on officials. Also, they had nine hits more than the Blues (43-34) and couldn’t score on three power-play opportunities. Winger Brad Marchant and center Patrice Bergeron will have to step up in Game 6 and lead the way for the Bruins. Marchant scored eight goals and made 13 assists this postseason, while Bergeron added nine goals and eight assists. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 19 stops in Game 5 with a .905 save percentage, while he has a 14-8 record in the postseason with a 1.97 GAA and a .937 save percentage. Still, the Bruins’ offense will have to do a much better job Sunday night.
The Blues have to be relentless in Game 6
The St. Louis Blues (60-35-11) are one victory from skating off with the Stanley Cup following a 2-1 victory at Boston in Game 5. After a goalless 1st period, the Blues took the lead 0:55 into the 2nd period when Ryan O’Reilly netted for the sixth time this postseason. O’Reilly and Tyler Bozak assisted to David Perron’s game-winner, but the true hero was rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington who made whopping 38 stops with a .974 save percentage. Binnington’s 38 saves are the most by a rookie in the Stanley Cup Final, and Jordan continues to impress after recording 24 wins and six losses during the regular season with a 1.89 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
Ryan O’Reilly is leading the way for the Blues, scoring six goals along with 14 assists in 24 outings this postseason. O’Reilly netted twice in the Blues’ 4-2 victory in Game 5. Wingers Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko combined for 23 goals and 11 dishes in the postseason, but Schwartz is without points in his last three outings. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo made 14 assists and scored a couple of goals this postseason, while winger David Perron added seven goals and seven assists. Jordan Binnington won 15 of his 24 starts in the postseason with a 2.46 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Blues will be without winger Ivan Barbashev who’s been suspended after an illegal check in Game 5.
St. Louis Blues:
- 3-14 in the last 17 games in the Stanley Cup Final
- 1-7 in the last eight home contests in the Stanley Cup Final
- 9-3 in the last 12 games overall
- 5-1 in the last six outings on the road
- 8-3 in the last 11 road encounters with the Western Conference