Blues bumble Game One in Boston: numbers for the morning after

Arnold Nichols
May 31, 2019

Grzelcyk was missing from the bench at the start of the second period and didn't return to the game, forcing the Bruins to play down a man for the rest of the contest.

The Bruins have now won eight games in a row, outscoring opponents 32-11 during that streak that dates back to Game Four of the second round against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The bet here: It'll get uglier.

Grabbing the win was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 18 of the 20 shots that he faced to improve to 13-5 with a 1.85 GAA in the postseason this year and 48-35 with a 2.17 GAA in the postseason in his career. "We just have to go into their building and try to get one. I mean, we're going to play physical".

The Bruins, meanwhile, are likely to be without the defenseman with the quickest feet on the team. That's usually when we come back and play out best hockey.

The Blues have gone 27-23 on the road and they have averaged 2.82 gpg and have allowed 2.43 gpg in those games. "We didn't make good plays with the puck".

The Blues can feel confident entering this game two with the Bruins for a couple reasons, but none bigger than their road record this post season. We weren't playing to our standard. "We can't play like that", Marchand said.

They say there's no momentum from night to night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but there are plenty of things for the Blues to build on after securing home-ice advantage away from Boston with a 3-2 win - with one aspect emerging as particularly impressive. That's how they get most of their offensive opportunities - setting up shop, cycling the puck throughout the zone, working low-to-high and getting lots of traffic in front. They were on top of us, tighter than in the first game. They got nearly nothing in the way of sustained offensive pressure in Game 1 but had better movement on Wednesday and put the squeeze on the Bruins. "It'll come. That's how it is".

The Bergeron line is absolutely capable of taking over a game, and the series. Maybe they've been lying in the weeds, waiting to see if their teammates can carry the load. All those shots and not many of them felt unsafe, including two that went in the net. Berube said he had defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Colton Parayko, his twin towers, out against them "90 percent of the time" and used three forward lines to check them.

"I guess that's a little bonus and pretty cool if you think about it that way", Gunnarsson said.

"Losing the 15 to 16 minutes of Grizz's time, he's a good puck mover and a guy that can break down a forecheck when he's on", Cassidy said.

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