Bruins force Game 7 for Stanley Cup, beating the Blues 5-1
The Boston Bruins extended the Stanley Cup Final by defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in Game 6 at Enterprise Center on Sunday, NHL.com reported.
The best-of-7 series will be decided in Game 7 at Boston on Wednesday.
Brad Marchand scored on a 5-on-3 power-play goal in the first period, and Zdeno Chara scored an empty-net goal for Boston, which was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill to improve to 17-for-18 in the series. Tuukka Rask had 28 saves.
Ryan O’Reilly scored for a third straight game, and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for St. Louis, which was trying to win Stanley Cup for the first time.
Marchand gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 8:40 of the first period, scoring on a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle off a diagonal pass from Pastrnak, who was at the top of the left circle. O’Reilly took a delay of game penalty 1:02 into killing a boarding penalty on Brayden Schenn.
Brandon Carlo made it 2-0 at 2:31 of the third period when his knuckling wrist shot from the right point bounced off the ice and went into the net off Binnington’s blocker.
Karson Kuhlman, who was playing for the first time since April 30, scored his first NHL playoff goal at 10:15 to make it 3-0, shooting high on the blocker side from the top of the right circle.
O’Reilly scored 1:46 later to make it 3-1 with 7:59 remaining. It was not initially called a goal on the ice, but a review initiated by the Situation Room determined the puck completely crossed the goal line.
Pastrnak extended the lead to 4-1 with 5:54 left, and Chara made it 5-1 with 2:19 to go.
NHL.com reported it will be the 17th Cup Final Game 7 since the NHL went to the best-of-7 format in 1939, but the first since 2011, when the Bruins won 4-0 at the Vancouver Canucks. It will be the first Cup Final Game 7 played in Boston.