Blues 1 victory away from Stanley Cup with 2-1 win over Bruins
The St. Louis Blues moved one win from their first Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Thursday, NHL.com reported.
The Blues can win the Cup in Game 6 at home on Sunday.
Ryan O’Reilly scored his third goal in the past two games and had an assist on David Perron’s goal. Jordan Binnington made 38 saves for the Blues and tied the NHL record for most wins by a rookie goalie in a single postseason (15).
Jake DeBrusk scored, and Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for the Bruins, who went 0-for-3 on the power play. Boston captain Zdeno Chara played 16:42 with a facial injury that required the defenseman to wear a plastic jaw protector attached to his helmet.
O’Reilly gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the second period, scoring off a between-the-legs pass from Zach Sanford from behind the goal line.
The Bruins thought they might have tied it at 7:00 of the third when David Pastrnak tried to push the puck under Binnington, but the officials did not call it a goal on the ice. The Situation Room initiated a review that supported the referees’ call that the puck didn’t completely cross the goal line.
Perron scored to make it 2-0 at 10:36 of the third. The puck came back to him in the right circle after his attempted pass hit Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, and Perron banked a shot off Rask’s right pad. The Bruins were scrambling after Noel Acciari was taken down by Tyler Bozak near the left-wing half wall.
DeBrusk scored on a one-timer from the right circle to make it 2-1 at 13:32 of the third.
NHL.com reported since 1939, when the NHL went to a best-of-7 format, the team to win Game 5 of the Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead has won the Stanley Cup 72 percent of the time (18-7).