Gunnarsson takes advantage of 2nd chance, ties series at 1

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Carl Gunnarsson rattled the post as he flung a shot past Tuukka Rask’s head late in the 3rd period of game 2. The puck hit the post and bounced out and the Bruins caught a huge break. Gunnarsson did not let that happen a second time. Early in the overtime period, on a delayed penalty, he laced a slapshot completely past Rask this time to give the Blues a 3-2 win and send St. Louis back home with a tied series. This win was the first win for the Blues in a Stanley Cup Final in the history of their franchise.

Every goal but the overtime winner occurred in the 1st period. Charlie Coyle opened the scoring just under 5 minutes in on the power play on assists from Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak. Robert Bortuzzo joined the fun just 5 minutes later on assists from Tyler Bozak and Gunnarsson to tie the game. Bruins got their other goal from the 4th line once again when Joakim Nordstrom punched it in off the assist from Sean Kuraly. Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko stayed persistent and fought with Rask to glide a goal over his laid out body to finish the scoring in the first period at 2-2.

The game stayed aggressive the rest of the way and the goalies were terrific. Blues goalie Jordan Binnington had 21 saves on 21 shot attempts. Rask had 34 saves on 37 shots. Blues finished with 10 penalty minutes while the Bruins had 6.

The Blues snapped the Bruins 8-game win streak coming into this game. Also, this was the first Stanley Cup Final overtime game since game 2 in 2016.

Game 3 will pick up Saturday night at 8 PM ET in St. Louis.

 

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