It was a win greater than a half-century within the making. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins Three-2 in additional time to take Sport 2, the franchise’s first victory in a Stanley Cup Remaining recreation.
This is all the pieces it’s essential to learn about how Sport 2 performed out on this version of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Day by day.
Bounce forward: Final night time’s recreation | Three stars
Play of the night time | Social submit of the day
About final night time …
Sport 2: St. Louis Blues Three, Boston Bruins 2 (OT) (Sequence tied 1-1)
The primary interval was just a little nutty. Hometown favourite Charlie Coyle scored first — on the ability play — earlier than Robert Bortuzzo tied it. Fourth-liner Joakim Nordstrom gave Boston one other lead earlier than Vladimir Tarasenko evened issues up once more. Issues calmed down offensively within the second and third (particularly for the Bruins, who had a tough time sustaining any offensive zone strain), however the tone was set. This was a heavy recreation. This was a bodily recreation. That is possible how the sequence goes to be gained.
The Bruins performed many of the recreation with 5 defensemen after Matt Grzelcyk was despatched to the hospital; he hit the boards face-first on a test by Oskar Sundqvist. The depleted blue line possible led to fatigue. In the long run, Carl Gunnarsson gained it in additional time for the Blues, turning into the 19th St. Louis participant to attain this postseason. However what’s going to make Gunnarsson the stuff of legend is how he did it. After clanging one off the submit late within the third interval, Gunnarsson took a toilet break throughout intermission. That is when he stood subsequent to his coach on the urinal and declared, “I simply want yet another probability.”
Carl Gunnarsson instructed Chief he wanted simply “yet another probability” whereas standing side-by-side on the urinal. #stlblues #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/l8ID419sNC
– St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) Might 30, 2019
1. Carl Gunnarsson, D, St. Louis Blues. Gunnarsson grew to become solely the third participant in NHL historical past to attain his first playoff purpose in a Stanley Cup Remaining additional time recreation. It additionally was his first multipoint recreation since Oct. 18, 2015 — a string of 253 video games.
Carl Gunnarsson one-times Ryan O’Reilly’s cross into the again of the web in additional time, giving the Blues a Three-2 win to even the Stanley Cup Remaining at 1-1.
2. Joakim Nordstrom, C, Boston Bruins. The fourth-liner and defensive specialist was distinctive Wednesday night time, however will want some important time within the ice bathtub to recuperate. In addition to his one purpose, Nordstrom blocked 5 photographs, together with three in a 50-second span on the penalty kill, which roused the Bruins trustworthy at TD Backyard.
Three. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues. With one other purpose on Wednesday, the Russian winger grew to become the fourth participant in franchise historical past to report an eight-game level streak within the postseason. He sits one recreation shy of the all-time mark held by Tony Currie from 1981.
Play of the night time
Gunnarsson off the submit.#StanleyCup #Stlblues pic.twitter.com/Yuovr2OHC8
– STLSportsCentral (@stlsportscntrl) Might 30, 2019
The shot off the submit that laid the groundwork for additional time dramatics.
Dud of the night time
It is not all optimistic for St. Louis in analyzing Sport 2. The Blues vowed to be extra disciplined after uncharacteristically taking 5 penalties in Sport 1. Effectively, they ended up short-handed 5 instances once more, together with turning into the primary crew with a number of goalie interference penalties in a Stanley Cup Remaining recreation since 2008.
Social submit of the day
We’ve plenty of questions, unknown followers.
Full beers? Full beers?! pic.twitter.com/uulyhbDuTF
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) Might 30, 2019
“[Craig Berube] simply got here in and stated, ‘Good job,’ and instructed the story. … You do not hear that story fairly often. That is not a spot to have a dialog, however I suppose it really works. It is a good story. I do not know if he is making it up, as a result of that is an excellent story.” — Alex Pietrangelo on how the crew realized of the toilet convo between Berube and Gunnarsson