Blues even Stanley Cup Final series with OT win over Boston
The St. Louis Blues won their first-ever Stanley Cup Final game Wednesday night in Boston, on Carl Gunnarsson’s overtime goal.
The Blues’ 3-2 victory knotted the Stanley Cup Final at a game apiece. Game 3 is set for Saturday in St. Louis.
Gunnarsson saw his late third-period shot rattle off the post, but he came back to score the winning goal at 3:51 of the overtime period. It was Gunnarsson’s first career playoff goal in 57 postseason games.
The goal also gave the Blues their first Stanley Cup Final victory in franchise history. St. Louis was 0-13 in the Cup Final, including Game 1 of this series which they lost 4-2 on Monday.
St. Louis got game-tying goals from Robert Bortuzzo (at 9:37) and Vladimir Tarasenko (at 14:55) in the first period, each after a Bruins goal by Charlie Coyle (4:44) and Joakim Nordstrom (10:17).
Jordan Binnington made 21 saves, including 18 straight after allowing Coyle’s power-play goal on the first shot he faced, and to Nordstrom on Boston’s fifth shot.
Tuukka Rask made 34 saves for the Bruins, who had their eight-game winning streak end. It was their first loss since April 30.
The series will now go to St. Louis, where a sold-out watch party showed fans celebrating Wednesday’s OT win.