The Boston Bruins got the job done in St. Louis Sunday night with a 5-1 victory on the road. Bruins use goals from Brad Marchand, Brandon Carlo, Karson Kuhlman, David Pastrnak and Zdeno Chara, along with 28 saves from 29 shots for Tuukka Rask to prevail.
4 of the Bruins 5 goals came in the 3rd period. The Blues showed a little bit of life when once again Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis off an assist from Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron. That put them down 3-1 with about 8 minutes left but it would soon be a lost hope when Pastrnak and Chara put it out of reach.
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington struggled tonight giving up 4 goals on 31 shots, including one from Carlo that took several funky hops before going over his stick side arm.
The Blues, playing this game without suspended forward Ivan Barbashev, could not quite use the home ice advantage to their advantage. Rask was just too dominant tonight including stopping a puck after it hit the post behind him and fell onto his back which he stopped with his glove. Rask was the back up goalie on the last Bruins championship team in 2011 and he now has the chance to do it for himself.
The final game will be Wednesday night in Boston where the winner will take all. TD Garden will be booming and there will be no room for error for either team. The Blues will have to keep up their tremendous road play to pull it off, the Bruins will have to use their electric home ice and fan base to fight past the Blues.
The start time will be 8:00 PM ET on NBC.