There is one constant about the St. Louis Blues and their quest for the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup. Just when you count the Blues out, they will storm back and surprise you. Gamblers that have been banking on the Blues death have lost a lot of money this year. It all began on January 3 when the Blues were the last place team in the entire National Hockey League. At that moment they were pronounced dead and buried. Since that moment they have the best record in the NHL. And Monday night they again showed resiliency. St. Louis recovered from a 7-2 blowout loss in game three to earn an impressive 4-2 victory in game four.
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- Date and Time: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
- Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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- Blues vs. Bruins TV Coverage: NBC
This best of seven series is now tied at two wins apiece. Game six will be at St. Louis on Sunday night. If necessary, game seven will return to Boston next Wednesday night. Most important of all the winner of this fifth game will be just one win shy of a Stanley Cup Championship.
The Epitome of Resiliency
No team in pro sports has shown more resiliency than the St. Louis Blues. Time and again this playoff season have they come back from losses and bad performances to post impressive wins. Boston has certainly come to the realization that the Blues will simply not give up. A team that rallied from last in the NHL to this position has a character that is rare in today’s sporting scene.
A Tale of Two Goaltenders
Both teams have been catapulted to a Stanley Cup opportunity by their respective netminders. Boston’s Tuukka Rask has been dominant, even in defeat, and has a post season save percentage of .938 with a 1.96 goals against average to go with two shutouts and a record of 14-7. Despite the game four loss Rask stopped 34 out of 37 shots as he was under constant barrage from a Blues team that carried most of the play. Rask remains the top candidate so far for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff most valuable player.
While not as dominant as Rask, St. Louis rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington has been the catalyst for the Blues success. He took over as top goaltender when the Blues were floundering with nothing to lose. After a terrible game three performance in which he was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots Binnington responded with a tremendous comeback performance in game four. The rookie stopped 21 shots and allowed only two goals. So far in the playoffs Binnington has a .909 save percentage with a 2.52 goals against average and a shutout. His playoff record is 14-9. Most important of all Binnington has shown the nerves of a steely veteran.
Depleted Defensive Corps
Boston faces the additional concern of injuries that are wearing down its blue line. Team Capitan Zdeno Chara took a shot to the mouth in game three that kept him sidelined. Matt Grzelcyk has a concussion issue and Devan Miller was already missing since April with a lower body problem. Chara and Grzelcyk are questionable for game five.
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