Series Update – St. Louis Blues win the 2019 Stanley Cup
The St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to secure the first NHL championship in their history with a 4-3 series win.
Although the Bruins outshot St. Louis 33-20 and dominated for long spells, it was the Blues who took control of the game after scoring twice in the final few minutes of the first period, with the second goal coming with just eight seconds of the period remaining.
Ryan O’Reilly (the Conn Smythe Trophy winner), Alex Pietrangelo, Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford scored for St. Louis, although rookie goalie Jordan Binnington was the star of the show as he put in an outstanding performance and stopped 32 shots.
Matt Grzelcyk scored Boston’s only goal, while Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots.
The 2019-20 NHL regular season will begin on October 4, 2019, with an international game played in Prague, Czech Republic.
Game 7 Update – Bruins win to take the series to a decider!
The Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Sunday night to even up the Stanley Cup Final at 3-3 and take the series to a deciding Game 7.
The result means that St. Louis lost the opportunity to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title in its 51st season in front of their home fans. The Blues have already won twice in Boston in this series though, so the outcome of this series is by no means a foregone conclusion.
Boston killed off four St. Louis power plays in the game, leaving the Blues at just 1 for 18 with the man advantage for the series. A big factor is the goaltending of Tuukka Rask.
Brad Marchand, Brandon Carlo, Karson Kuhlman, David Pastrnak and Zdeno Chara scored the goals for the Bruins, with Rask making 28 saves. Four of Boston’s five goals came in the third period.
Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Blues, while Jordan Binnington made 27 stops.
Boston will now host Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.
Game 6 Update – Blues beat Bruins to lead Stanley Cup series 3-2
The St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead in the best-of-seven final. The Blues can win the Stanley Cup on home-ice in Game 6 on Sunday night.
It’s been a remarkable turnaround for the Blues under coach Craig Berube. He took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November, at which point the team was rooted in last place in the Central Division.
Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron scored for St. Louis, while Jordan Binnington stopped 38 shots.
Jake DeBrusk scored for Boston and Tuukka Rask stopped 19 shots.
There was serious controversy as Bruins forward Noel Acciari was knocked out of the game by a leg sweep from Tyler Bozak on what they thought was an illegal hit, right before the decisive second goal for St.Louis from Perron.
The series returns to St. Louis for Game 6.
Game 5 Update – Blues beat Bruins to level Stanley Cup Series 2-2
The St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to tie up the series at 2-2.
Ryan O’Reilly scored twice for the Blues, with the opening goal 43 seconds in and then what proved to be the winner with 9:22 left. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 11th goal of the NHL playoffs and Brayden Schenn sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:29 left. Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for St. Louis.
Charlie Coyle scored the first goal for the Bruins and then Brandon Carlo added a short-handed goal to level the game at 2-2 in the second period, while Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 37 shots.
Boston captain Zdeno Chara was knocked out of the game by a puck to the mouth and could potentially miss Game 5.
It’s now down to what is effectively a three-game series for the Stanley Cup, starting with Game 5 set for Thursday night in Boston.
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Game 4 Update – Bruins take lead after demolition of Blues
The Boston Bruins took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 7-2 rout of the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, reclaiming the home-ice advantage in the process.
Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle, Sean Kuraly, David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, Noel Acciari and Marcus Johansson scored the goals for the Bruins, with their top power-play unit a perfect 4 for 4 – on four shots. Tuukka Rask had 27 saves.
Defenseman Krug scored a goal and had three assists, while top-line center Bergeron had a goal and two assists.
Ivan Barbashev and Colton Parayko scored the goals for the St. Louis Blues. Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on 19 shots, but was then hooked for backup Jake Allen, who gave up one goal on four shots. Binnington will be back in the net for Game 4.
Oskar Sundqvist will return to the Blues’ lineup for Game 4 following suspension. Game 4 is set for this Monday night in St. Louis.
Game 3 Update – Blues beat Bruins in OT to level the series
The St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime to take Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Final and level up the series at 1-1.
This was the first game in the championship series to go to overtime since 2016.
After 13 straight losses, it was the Blues’ first victory in the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Defeat for the Bruins also brought an end to their eight game winning streak.
The first period was particularly frantic, with there being four goals ending in a 2-2 tie. Things settled down into a more defensive game in the second.
Charlie Coyle and Joakim Nordstrom scored for Boston, with Tuukka Rask making 33 saves.
Robert Bortuzzo and Vladimir Tarasenko scored the regulation goals for the Blues, with Carl Gunnarsson scoring on a delayed penalty 3:51 into overtime to give St. Louis the victory. Jordan Binnington made 21 saves.
Game 3 is set for Saturday night in St. Louis, with the Blues now holding the home-ice advantage.
Game 2 Update – Bruins come from behind to take early lead
The Boston Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat St. Louis Blues 4-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night and to ensure that they retained the home-ice advantage.
After an 11-day layoff since the Eastern Conference Finals, there was some early rust that the Bruins took a little time to shake off. Once they rediscovered their edge, Boston went on to outshoot the Blues 18-3 in the second period and turn the game in their direction.
Having been 2-0 down early in the second period, the Bruins rallied with goals coming from Connor Clifton, Charlie McAvoy, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand, while Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots.
Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko had given the Blues a 2-0 lead, while Jordan Binnington made 34 saves for St. Louis.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is in Boston on Wednesday night.
The Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues will contest the 2019 Stanley Cup Final…
The Boston Bruins are in the Stanley Cup final for the 20th time in their history and the third occasion in the past nine years (2011 and 2013) and will be seeking their seventh championship and the first since 2011.
The St. Louis Blues are in their third final, but their first since way back in 1970, when they lost the series 4-0 to… the Bruins. They also appeared in 1968 and 1969, but have never won the trophy.
Route to the Final
During the postseason, the Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in the Eastern Conference First Round; Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 in the second round and Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 in the Conference Final.
The Blues overcame the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 in the Western Conference First Round; Dallas Stars 4-3 in the second round and San Jose Sharks 4-2 in the Conference Final.
The Bruins could be a little rusty going into the series having been off for 10 days since sweeping the Canes.
Stanley Cup Player Stats
Brad Marchand is one key player for the Boston Bruins, having 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 17 games in the playoffs, while goalie Tuukka Rask has a 1.84 Goals Against Average (GAA) and a .942 save percentage.
Jaden Schwartz has 12 goals in 19 NHL playoff games for the Blues, while rookie goalie Jordan Binnington has 2.36 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues Betting Lines & Pick
The St. Louis Blues have defied a lot of tipsters predictions in recent months, but the greater experience and home-ice advantage for the Bruins should prevail and they are the tips to win the Stanley Cup.
A 4-1 win series at decent Stanley Cup betting odds could be possible if they can get off to a winning start on Tuesday.