Despite slow start, Bruins Dominate Game 1

It was a slow start on Memorial Day for the Boston Bruins as they battled the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final on Monday night. Nevertheless, Boston dominated during the last half of the game, putting the Blues physical mentality to sleep with some physicality of their own. The Bruins ended with four unanswered goals in the second and third period, leading to the one game to none advantage leading into game 2 on Wednesday night.

After the great 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup champions were the honorary flag captains to start the game, the long layover seemed to put rust on the mighty B’s.

Two early goals by St. Louis as Brayden Schenn got on the board first while Vladamir Tarasenko extended the Blues lead. The B’s let up the first two goals of the game as David Pastrnak and Zdeno Chara were not on the same page, allowing an easy goal early on in the second period to put St. Louis up 2-0.

The Garden was quiet, the Bruins showed rust and things were not looking bright in Boston. However, the Boston faithful would eventually wake up and St. Louis would no longer #BleedBlue but rather just bleed.

After the first two goals of the game, Boston decided to wake up and play their style of hockey. Connor Clifton got the Bruins on the board, scoring his second goal of the Stanley Cup playoffs which was shortly after the Tarasenko goal.

Suddenly, the quiet crowd at the TD Garden wasn’t so quiet and it soon became home ice advantage for the Bruins. Things got very physical after the B’s first goal as the Blues tried to get in Boston’s head, throwing a few dirty shots, some uncalled charges and some cross checks that allowed for a few powerplays that went in the Bruins favor.

Charlie McAvoy, or as I like to call him “Chuckie Bright Lights” tied the game up at 2-2 after a rip in the middle of the ice. McAvoy leaped into the glass, celebrating with his teammates as Boston roared to show the B’s some love. Suddenly, it was a new game and the Garden nor the Bruins ever looked back.

Sean Kuraly then scored what would be the game winning goal in the third period after the Blues looked like they didn’t know what they were doing on defense. The incredible Bruins offense exposed the physicality of the Blues, or lack thereof in the later half of the game and dominated on both sides of the puck.

Brad Marchand would later score the empty net dagger with a minute and some change left to wrap game 1 up for Boston as they took a 1-0 game lead on St. Louis. The storyline of the night however, was Torrey Krug’s emphatic skate down the ice, laying out Rob Thomas of the Blues after a shoving match or rather a dirty pin down and helmet rip-off by David Perron. Krug’s hit sent goosebumps down everyone watching and put the icing on the cake for Bruins fans. This was quite possibly one of the best track down hits/ series of events ever in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The slow start was mostly, in my opinion because of Lil Nas X, the performer of the 2019 hit song “Old Town Road” performed outside of the stadium in what seemed to be a concert much like those of Coachella or any other music festival. Perhaps some of the B’s faithful were still filing into the Garden after relentlessly chanting “WE WANT THE CUP” beforehand.

If that doesn’t scream the fact that Boston is a hockey town, more so “Titletown” then I don’t know what does. The Bruins have the “horses in the back” behind them as they look to continue their domination throughout the next couple of games.

Game 2 of the series will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at TD Garden in Boston. The Bruins will look to take a 2-0 series lead, while the Blues will try to tie the series at 1-1 before taking the series back home to St. Louis for games three and four.

The Bruins seemed to dominate after their little hiccup in the first period and continued to play Boston hockey during the first and second periods. I see the Bruins continue to dominate the physical aspect of the game while “getting the pucks in deep” and exposing this fairly soft, but physical defense of St. Louis. The offense will continue to thrive and the defense will continue to “bear” down during the next few games. Look for Boston to pull this one out in five games or even sweep if they can continue to play their style of hockey as they are much more talented and experienced than St. Louis. Oh, and Goalie Tuuka Rask looked pretty damn good too but that’s a story for another time. Stay tuned.

That’s simply a fact! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter– @jmoorereal. Keep up with all things Boston featuring news, podcasts, articles & more by following “the Wicked Take” on Instagram and Twitter– @thewickedtake.

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