The two greatest words in sports… Game Seven!!! The 2018/19 NHL season will come to a close this evening as the St Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins battle it out in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. This contest has a start time of 8:08 pm ET and will take place at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins forced this game seven with a 5-1 win on Sunday.
Not So Fast St Louis
The St Louis Blues had a 3-2 series lead and game six was at home. They had everything set up to win their first Stanley Cup in the history of the franchise, but the Bruins said “Not So Fast St Louis”. The Bruins won game six by a score of 5-1 and now here we are in a game seven go decide it all. No matter what happens here, the Blues have to be pleased with their play in this series, especially since they were 0-12 in the Stanley Cup Finals in their history. Game six was 1-0 Boston as the teams headed to the 3rd, but the Bruins outscored the Blues 4-1 in the final frame to walk away with the win. Scoring their lone goal was Ryan O’Reilly, which was his 4th in the last three games and 7th of the postseason. St Louis has two wins here in Boston in this series, so they know how to win here, but the Bruins have still been one of the best home teams in the league all year. This game should be a good one.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 11, 2019
Absorbing the loss was Jordan Binnington, who allowed four goals on 31 shot attempts to fall to 15-10 with a 2.52 GAA in the postseason this year. This is his first full year in the league and his first season of playoff hockey. Binnington went 24-6 with a 1.89 GA during the regular season, including 10-4 with a 1.72 GAA on the road. He faced the Bruins once this year during the regular season and he won the game 2-1 in a shootout.
The Blues have gone 30-23 on the road and they have averaged 2.81 gpg and have allowed 2.40 gpg in those games. During the playoffs, St Louis ranks 7th in scoring, putting up 2.84 gpg, 7th in goals allowed at 2.76 gpg, 12th in power play conversions at 16.3%, and 12th in penalty kill at 75.0%.
Bruins Stave Off Elimination
The Boston Bruins had their backs against the wall in games six as they were down 3-2 in the series and were playing on the road. This is a veteran team that didn’t panic and after the game being tight throughout, their experience showed up in the 3rd period where they outscored the blues 4-1 to walk away with a 5-1 win. Boston now has game seven at home and while they have been a strong home team all year, we do note that the Blues have taken two games here in Beantown in this series. The Bruins do have momentum from their win in game six, plus they have the experience factor, but St Louis has stepped up each time we thought they were dead and they will look to do so here as well. Scoring in the game six win was Brad Marchand, which was his 9th of the postseason, Brandon Carlo, which was his 2nd, Karson Kuhlman, which was his 1st, David Pastrnak, which was his 9th, and Zdeno Chara, which was his 2nd.
🎥 Bruce Cassidy on Game 7 of the #StanleyCup Final: "I never imagined as a kid coaching it, I’m not gonna lie to you. It was as a player. But here I am, it’s the next best thing." pic.twitter.com/PiAuDxUVTu
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 11, 2019
Snatching up the win was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 28 of the 29 shots that he faced to improve to fall to 15-8 with a 1.93 GAA in the postseason this year and 50-38 with a 2.17 GAA in the postseason in his career. Rask went 27-18 with a 2.48 GAA on the year overall, including 15-8 with a 2.32 GAA here at home and 1-0 with a 1.44 GAA against the Blues. In his career, he has gone 6-6 with a 2.12 GAA against the Blues in the regular season.
The Bruins have gone 36-17 here at home and they have averaged 3.36 gpg and have allowed 2.40 gpg in those games. During the playoffs, Boston is 2nd in scoring, putting up 3.39 gpg, while also ranking 1st in goals allowed at 2.04, 1st in power play conversions at 32.9% and 3rd in penalty kill at 88.4%.
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