Final: Blues one win away from Stanley Cup after taking Game 5 over Bruins 2-1
By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Blues are one win away from the Stanley Cup after coming away with a massive victory over the Bruins in game 5 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. This is a complicated one for the B’s. Some of their problems in the game were self-inflicted, and others were because of egregious mistakes by the officials.
Check below for a recap of our live updates from the game.
Recap: Third Period
— 6:28: Jake DeBrusk has made it 2-1 Blues. He simply fired it from the low faceoff dot and beat Binnington. Big-time off-the-schneid moment for the young winger. But unfortunately, the Blues’ egregious Perron goal counted. This game should be tied.
Jake DeBrusk makes it a 2-1 game. pic.twitter.com/sRWpN9Odxm— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) June 7, 2019
— 9:24: An atrocious turn of events. The Blues just went up 2-0 on a goal by David Perron, but it came just seconds after an egregious missed call on Tyler Bozak who clearly tripped Noel Acciari behind the net. Acciari looked banged up on the play, or maybe he was selling for a call. Either way, an incredible miss by the officials and the goal seconds later made it that much worse. Fans threw towels, water bottles and other objects on the ice which forced crews to come out and clean up. Now this game feels like it’s going to get away from the Bruins, unless this somehow turns out to be a galvanizing moment. But in any event, it’s 2-0 Blues.
To put it all together, here's the full sequence: pic.twitter.com/kaDUqxjU9D— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 7, 2019
Here is Cam Neely’s reaction to the non-penalty:
— 16:51: Bruins to the power play on interference by Alex Steen. This could be the game, maybe the series.
— 17:26: Bruins have spent much of the opening minutes in the Blues’ zone, but still nothing to show for it. The forwards are being mixed and matched as much as Bruce Cassidy has all season with only 11 to work with. Charlie Coyle started the third with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Recap: Second Period
— 0:35: David Krejci saved the game, perhaps the series, for the Bruins with a save of his own late in the period. The Blues got away with another penalty, then Alex Pietrangelo had an easy goal but Krejci jumped in the way like he was taking a bullet.
— 5:36: The Blues’ suffocating defense feels like it’s starting to take hold. Bruins having trouble getting any kind of real opportunities off their zone entries.. Getting to the middle of the ice continues to be a problem. It’s been quite a frustrating period to watch.
— 8:24: Blues kill it off. Brutal power play for the Bruins, who took about 80 seconds to even get a clean zone entry. Missed opportunity for the Bruins, who are still out-shooting the Blues 24-12 despite being down 1-0.
— 10:35: David Perron is whistled for interference and the Bruins will go back on the power play.
— 13:22: The officials are letting a lot go in the corners and along the boards. Torey Krug just took a high hit from Zach Sanford with no penalty. Makes the call on Marchand that much more confusing.
This Zach Sanford hit to the head of Torey Krug wasn’t called a penalty. pic.twitter.com/DsMgaPsRZq— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) June 7, 2019
— 19:05: Ryan O’Reilly makes it 1-0 Blues. Zach Sanford makes a nifty pass between his legs in front and O’Reilly lifts it over Tuukka Rask. Both Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy went for Sanford, leaving the front of the net wide open. After a dominant first period, the Bruins now have to play from behind.
Recap: First Period
— 1:05: Tuukka Rask with an incredible side-to-side save on David Perron. Still 26 seconds left on the PK.
— 2:38: Bruins to the penalty kill. Brad Marchand is whistled for what looks like a phantom slashing call.
— 2:55: The David Krejci line looks a lot faster and sharper without David Backes. David Pastrnak and Marcus Johansson are double-shifting in his absence.
— 9:12: Blues kill off the penalty. Jordan Binnington made one big save from the danger area. Tuukka Rask has had to make a couple of big saves in the last two minutes. Both goalies look dialed in to start this thing, but the Bruins have the shot advantage 11-3 so far.
— 13:33: The Bruins will get the first power play of the game. Blues defenseman Vince Dunn is whistled for delay of game.
— 14:43: Noel Acciari laid out Alex Pietrangelo in a neutral zone collision. The Bruins are bringing the physicality early.
Noel Acciari launches Alex Pietrangelo pic.twitter.com/ccWgMV39yJ— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) June 7, 2019
— 19:29: Zdeno Chara laid out Brayden Schenn with a hit along the half boards. Looks like he’s here to play an ice hockey game.
— Zdeno Chara took his usual spot right behind Tuukka Rask as the Bruins took the ice for warmups. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is not on the ice, meaning he will be out.
Bruins take the ice for warmups. Zdeno Chara in his usual spot right behind Tuukka Rask, as is tradition pic.twitter.com/XHuE5rOdw3— Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff) June 6, 2019
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