Bruins Slashed Way to 1-0 Lead in NHL Finals
The St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins will meet in Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Bruins made a loud statement in Game 1. They made it psychologically and physically. They showed that the road to the Stanley Cup must go through them and that standing in their path carries a risk of slammed. A stirring comeback and a thunderous hit that looked like it was straight out of “Slap Shot” enabled the Bruins to take a 1-0 series. Boston has won all nine playoff matchups against St. Louis. The Blues are 0-13 all-time in Stanley Cup play.
It may not rival the iconic image of Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring the Cup-clinching goal versus St. Louis in 1970, but Bruins defenseman Torey Krug left an unforgettable mark on Game 1. He went airborne after his helmet-less, open-ice thunderous check on Robert Thomas in the third period. The Blues prefer to look ahead rather than dwell on the series opener. They were manhandled in more ways than Krug’s hit. They squandered an early two-goal lead and got out-shot 30-12 over the final two periods. That CANNOT happen again if they want to make a series of this.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Blues defenseman Vince Dunn has been sidelined since Game 3 of the Western Conference finals after getting hit in the mouth by a shot. He practiced for a third straight day Tuesday and could be back in the lineup for Game 2. Dunn has seven points in the postseason and scored in two of his previous three games before he was injured. Jordan Binnington posted a 24-5-1 mark since he was called up from the minors in early December. He is 5-2 in the playoffs following a loss. F Brayden Schenn has scored in back-to-back contests following a 13-game goal drought.
The Bruins Fourth-line center, Sean Kuraly, added to his clutch performer reputation. He set up Boston’s first goal before scoring his third-game winner of the playoffs. Kuraly and line-mates Noel Acciari and Joakim Nordstrom had to do some heavy lifting defensively also. Coach Bruce Cassidy matched them up against St. Louis’ No. 1 unit after the Blues struck for two goals early. They didn’t disappoint. Captain Zdeno Chara said he was fine after receiving stitches to close a cut sustained in the third period.
The Dart Throw: Bruins 4. Blues 1
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Stanley Cup Finals Betting Odds & Trends
|St. Louis Blues
|St. Louis is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
|St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games
|St. Louis is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
|St. Louis is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games on the road
|St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Boston
|St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
|St. Louis is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Boston
|St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
|Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
|Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
|Boston is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games at home
|Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games at home
|Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
|Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
|Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
|Boston is 5-10-2 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against St. Louis
St. Louis home to Boston Saturday, June 1
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