No one wanted to publish the official schedule for the Stanley Cup Final before the Blues clinched a trip. Hockey fans are a jinx-paranoid crew, after all.
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The Boston Bruins made a loud statement -- psychologically and physically -- that the road to the Stanley Cup must go through them and that standing in their path carries a risk of getting run over. A stirring comeback and thunderous hit right out of "Slap Shot" enabled the Bruins to take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the visiting St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
The St. Louis Blues were on the short end of a couple of dominating performances by the Boston Bruins, but they responded each time with an impressive victory of their own to turn the Stanley Cup Finals into a best-of-3 affair. After tying the series at two wins apiece with a 4-2 victory on Monday, St. Louis heads to Boston for Thursday night's pivotal Game 5.
"No one should doubt that we want to get it right," Bettman said May 27. "This is not an excuse. We're not whining about it. It's simply a recognition of a challenge which we will address sensibly, appropriately and in the best interest of the game."
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9:24 - GOAL Perron banks it in after a non-call on a trip by Bozak that has the fans incensed. Blues 2, Bruins 0.
By contrast, there's a famine in St. Louis. The Rams won their only Super Bowl title in St. Louis after the 1999 season, the Cardinals last won the World Series in 2011, and the Blues have never won the Cup. The Blues were one of six teams added to the NHL for the 1967-68 season and lumped into the West Division, guaranteeing one of them would reach the Cup Final. The Blues reached the Final in each of their first three seasons but were swept each time and havent been back. Their main claim to Cup fame is they provided the backdrop for the iconic photograph of Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr flying through the air after he scored the Cup-clinching goal in 1970 against future Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall. The citys going nuts right now. Theyve been waiting for so many years, said Blues left wing Patrick Maroon, a St. Louis native. Theyve had our backs. They deserve this.
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Game 2: St. Louis at Boston - 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 (TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
The pick: Bruins in six.
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The Blues will play in their first final in 49 years, once again meeting the Bruins as the Blues seek their first title in franchise history. The Bruins will look for their first Stanley Cup since 2011 their second title in the 49 years after beating the Blues in 1970.
Since his first playoff run in 2011 (in which he won the Cup) only seven players have more playoff points that Marchands 78: Sidney Crosby (104), Logan Couture (97), Evgeni Malkin (95), Alex Ovechkin (86), Patrick Kane (81), David Krejci (80) and Patrice Bergeron (79). And of players whove been involved in more than one playoff series over the past three years, only Leon Draisaitl, Crosby and Blake Wheeler have a better points per game rate than Marchand. A strong final would give him a solid case for post-season MVP and further cement his status as one of the true superstars in the game today (not to mention add fuel to a Hall of Fame case currently under construction).