ST. LOUIS – Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 27 saves to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 and force a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2011.
The Bruins tightened up defensively to deny the Blues a chance to win their first Stanley Cup championship of their 52-year history at home.
With the best-of-seven series tied 3-3, the deciding game will be played Wednesday night in Boston, where the Blues have won two games in the series. In the last Game 7 played in the Final, the Bruins took down the Vancouver Canucks to win the Cup
In Sunday’s Game 6, Brad Marchand netted a 5-on-3 power play goal at 8:40 of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
The puck rolls down the back of Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask aftter defenseman Charlie McAvoy kept it out of the net. (Photo: Billy Hurst, USA TODAY Sports)
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Defenseman Brandon Carlo scored for the Bruins early in the third period with a shot that struck St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington’s arm and skipped into the net. Karson Kuhlman scored his first goal of the playoffs in the third period to give the Bruins a three-goal cushion.
With Boston leading 3-0, Ryan O'Reilly scored at 12:01 of the third period to give the Blues hope of a comeback. It was confirmed on a replay.
But David Pastrnak scored Boston's fourth goal at 14:06 of the third period, .
Rask’s most memorable play came in the second period when Alex Pietrangelo hit the post and Rask momentarily trapped the puck on his back after it rebounded off the post. Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy eventually knocked the puck away.
In this postseason, the Bruins won a Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs to advance to the second round and the Blues registered a double-overtime Game 7 win against the Dallas Stars to advance to the Western Conference final.
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