Boston blitzes the Blues, takes a 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final
The Boston Bruins took a 2-1 series lead scoring four power-play goals defeating the St. Louis Blues 7-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday.
NHL.com reported Torey Krug became the first Bruins player to get four points in a Stanley Cup Final game (one goal, three assists), and Patrice Bergeron had three points (one goal, two assists) on the power play. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on 19 shots before being pulled for the first time in 52 starts this season. Jake Allen made three saves in his first home appearance since Jan. 8.
It was the first Stanley Cup Final game played in St. Louis since May 5, 1970.
The Bruins are 6-for-14 on the power play in the series and 13-for-29 in the past seven games.
Bergeron made it 1-0 with a power-play goal at 10:47 of the first period, Charlie Coyle scored off the rush at 17:40 to make it 2-0, and Sean Kuraly scored on a wrist shot through a screen to make it 3-0 at 19:50.
The Blues challenged Kuraly’s goal for offside. The Situation Room confirmed that Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson passed the puck into the defending zone, meaning the Bruins were not offside.
St. Louis was assessed a minor penalty for delay of game for the failed challenge, and David Pastrnak scored 41 seconds into the second period to make it 4-0.
Ivan Barbashev got St. Louis within 4-1 at 11:05 of the second, but Krug scored on a power play 1:07 later to give Boston a 5-1 lead. Binnington was pulled after the goal.
Colton Parayko scored a power-play goal at 5:24 of the third period to make it 5-2. Noel Acciari scored an empty-net goal to make it 6-2 at 18:12, and Marcus Johansson scored at 18:35 on a power play to make it 7-2.
Game 4 is Monday in St. Louis.