Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was only the latest, now in the concussion protocol after being plastered to the glass by Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, who has been suspended for Game 3. However, the Bruins will be looking for revenge for the hit on Grzelcyk, so expect the beginning of this game to be very physical.
St. Louis has never won a Stanley Cup, but a victory here tonight would bring them just two victories away.
The Blues were able to squeak out their first Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history by virtue of Carl Gunnarsson overtime victor in Boston. He also has scored a goal in four consecutive games.
While some Bruins players were reluctant to weigh in on the hit, former Blues captain David Backes was critical in the aftermath of Game 2. "I definitely recognize that as a defenceman - they're right on top of you".
Credit Tarasenko for sticking with the puck; blame Marchand's soft backcheck for allowing the Final's hottest threat two chances in tight. The good news is that they finally figured it out after similarly struggling last round vs. Carolina, but they might not have as much time to figure it out this time around against a good Blues team. The Blues will need a similar effort if they are to pull the upset in game five.
The Bruins killed off 21 consecutive power plays before Blues defenseman Colton Parayko scored 5:24 into the third period of Game 3.
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The problem in this series, however, is that the Blues' top trio of Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz has so dominated Cassidy's best-on-best matchup, the coach was forced to get away from the clash early, attempting to free Bergeron's group midway through Game 1 by giving Sean Kuraly's "fourth line" the Schenn assignment. Both of Boston's goals found a way between his pads, including the game's opening goal courtesy of Charlie Coyle.
"I think we've done a good job of not letting them get to these Grade-A chances and Tuukka has been making the saves", forward Joakim Nordstrom said. It's exciting. We're playing for the ultimate prize. Currently, the Stanley Cup Odds have the Blues favored to pick up the win. I think I'm past the point of the soft and fuzzies. They certainly showed that in Game 2.
Grzelcyk, 25, is listed as day-to-day.
Boston blinked first - because Cassidy could no longer stare into the maw of a train wreck. Grzelcyk swept the puck out from behind the Bruins' net, but Sundqvist crunching the Bruins defenseman against the boards after Grzelcyk released the puck. Bergeron also went 38% in the faceoff dot in Game Two.
"It's definitely one of those things you can take a deep breath, make sure you're focused", Moore said. "They're good below the goal line".
"They're so committed", said Zdeno Chara of longtime teammates Bergeron and Marchand.