Sean Kuraly scored the game winner in a physical game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Boston Bruins found themselves down early 2-0 following goals by Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko. That did not stop them from scoring 4 unanswered goals to take home a 4-2 victory Monday night.
Connor Clifton opened the scoring for the Bruins in the 2nd period on a goal assisted by his fellow 4th liners Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom. Charlie McAvoy took matters into his own hands when he scored the next one unassisted on the power play as he took on all 4 Blues by himself putting it in the back of the net.
After going into the 3rd period tied at 2, Kuraly was not feeling the tie game. He took a pass from across the net from Noel Acciari to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead in what turned out to be the game winner. Brad Marchand chimed in with an empty netter late in the period and the Bruins took home game one.
The Bruins beat the Blues in shots as well (38-20). The game combined for 65 hits with 7 total penalties (5 for Blues, 2 for Bruins). Blues goalie Jordan Binnington finished with 34 saves on 37 shots faced. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask finished with 18 saves on 20 shots faced. Zdeno Chara headed to the locker room with about a minute left after taking a shot off the wrist that cut him open, his status will be monitored.
Game two picks up Wednesday night back at TD Garden with an 8 PM ET start time. The game will be aired on NBCSN.