The Blues finally got a Stanley Cup Final win.
St. Louis allowed the first goal of the game in the opening minutes of the first period but fought back to tie it up almost immediately and went on to top the Bruins in overtime in Game 2, 3-2.
The Blues were 0-13 in Stanley Cup Final games coming into their matchup with Boston on Wednesday and are now tied 1-1 in the series heading back to St. Louis.
Here are three takeaways from the Blues’ first-ever victory in a Stanley Cup Final
Speed kills, but so does physicality
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer made a great observation after his squad lost to the Blues in the Western Conference finals.
“I think the two hardest, heaviest teams are in the final,” DeBoer said. “Everybody talks about skill and speed and there’s room for small players, but I don’t think it’s an accident. There’s no space. They’re heavy. They’re hard. They’re organized.”
He has been proven completely right in this series as the Blues and Bruins are absolutely demolishing each other on the ice. Robert Thomas was knocked out of Game 1, Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2 and there were plenty of players coming up with little ailments throughout the game, as well.
A look at the hit on by Oskar Sundqvist on Matt Grzelcyk. Didn’t look good. pic.twitter.com/3yjlbhgkvs
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 30, 2019
These teams have speed, don’t get us wrong, but they are playing a physical, intense brand of hockey right now, and the value of that cannot be lost. Fast skating and quickness may be all the rage in the NHL but these two teams are showing just how good a physical game can be.
Bruins score again on the power play
The Blues knew they couldn’t let the Bruins get on the power play early in Game 2 as Boston has been great with a man advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs and scored again with it in Game 1 on Monday.
Yet, St. Louis put the Bruins on the power play almost immediately to start the game Wednesday. And what did the Bruins do? They scored, of course, as Charlie Coyle put one five-hole on Jordan Binnington and put Boston up 1-0 early.
You know where he’s from, right?@CharlieCoyle_3 | #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/mccmv6sreP
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 30, 2019
That play was huge as it set the tone for a high-octane first period which would yield four goals in total and a 2-2 tie after the first 20 minutes. Boston has now scored a power-play goal in six straight games and even if St. Louis did shore up their special teams defense down the stretch in Game 2, it needs to make sure to be stingier in Game 3 and come out ready to make a stop when it gets a man down.
The overtime period was all about the Blues.
They kept the puck in the offensive zone for seemingly the entire four minutes of the overtime period and ultimately won the game on a Carl Gunnarsson shot.
Honestly, with the way the period went it was a surprise they didn’t score sooner as they were all over Tuukka Rask the entire time.
And it also led to an odd stat for the Bruins. In Boston’s Stanley Cup playoff history, the team is now 4-13-2 in overtime. St. Louis was 0-3-0 before its win Wednesday.
This is the second playoff overtime game ever between Boston and St. Louis.
Overall, this marks Boston’s 19th overtime game in the #StanleyCup Final (4-12-2) and the fourth for the @StLouisBLues (0-3). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Lyl5dVBjOe
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 30, 2019