The 2019 Stanley Cup Final started on the first-line of St. Louis Blues led Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko for the first two goals of the series against the Bruins quintet of Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
The series has not been officially completed at Game 7 when Schenn delivered the feed from Tarasenko 11:25 in the third stage to give the Blues a 3-0 lead. St. Louis to win the first Stanley Cup championship with a 4-1 win at TD Garden on Wednesday.
The bookend prominent presentation of the first Bruins line identifies this series that the Bruins are close to the win, but it is likely that the winner has either their top five forward performances up to expectations at least strength within 1
From Game 1 to Game 7, the top five Bruins – and they are a top five because General manager Don Sweeney never solves the mystery of the missing right wing for David Krejci's line – has seven points. There was a no-net goal by Marchand, a waste-time assisted by Krejci at Game 7 and a late goal by Jake DeBrusk mixed there. Patrice Bergeron did not have the strength of the series in series (but he could have been injured, so everyone was telling me he was above the criticism).
Playing against Schenn and O & # 39; Reilly
Bergeron 52 min, 0 goals, 6 against
Krejci 52 min, 0 goals, 1 against
Coyle 54 mins, goals, 3 against
Kuraly 55 min, 3 goals, 4 against
– Bruins Stats (@bruins_stats) June 13, 2019
Game 7 has become a perfect opportunity for the best forward Bruins to redeem themselves. They did it in previous rounds, though life was earlier in the Eastern Conference final against Carolina to make sure the series ended with a sweep.
Boston outshot St. Louis 12-4, including three shots during game power play games, but did not get a puck past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington. When Marchand had half the net tomorrow, he shot a shot at Binnington's logo, his only time shot. Pastrnak has no time shots because he either sees double or has a hold on his stick blade that he fanned several times with one-timers.
And a statue worker in the Blues job wants to put in that the Bruins are not, blocked by St. Louis had nine shots in the first half of the game up to 21 in the game.
"Yes, we started very well, there were a few opportunities, and we did not earn money. You know they got the first one, a bounce, and that's it," Marchand said.
That's not it. In previous rounds of Marchand's line, and / or Krejci's line, fought off the offensive end, they closed the trios that kept leading lines from Carolina and Columbus from scoring to the second offense and the Tuukka goalkeeper Rask will take the Bruins. Bergeron's line did not mitigate the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round as did last spring, but it ensures that the line of John Tavares is equally fruitless.
Against the Blues, Bergeron's line gave the first two goals in Game 1 and forced coach Bruce Cassidy to move the matchup. The coach is not tough match with many of the remaining series, but perhaps he should have done more to avoid top lines than the top line matchup considering the Schenn's way line exploits it to push the Bruins are off the pitch of Game 7 To make matters worse, Marchand goes on a line-up change in the first stage, leaving Alex Pietrangelo alone to score the second goal of St. Louis.
"Yeah you can not control the game all the way in this league, especially in the Final Cup," Marchand said. "We had a ton of opportunities we had a lot of good times, but we know they're pushing back. They're a great team, obviously, but you know we know they're going to be resilient, and they're can get their chances, but they're capitalizing on them and we did not. "
You do not have to control the whole game, but how much is it? Or how about not pushing physically the way Bruins are for most of the series. Noel Acciari is the personification of Bruins toughness, but when he falls for a loose arm of Sammy Blais, you know Bruins is not big and bad. In their credit the Acciari and his fourth-line mates have done everything to save the Bruins. Acciari, Sean Kuraly, Joakim Nordstrom combined for 11 points while bringing more physicalities they can get.
Unfortunately at this time of the year, everyone should contribute sharply and everyone has a physical contribution. The top five players of the Bruins have no courage and seemingly incapable of interacting with the body before they can beat the Blues at every turn.
"It's just not our evening, it's so bad that it's the most important day of our lives," Krejci says.
Not just one day, more than two weeks of the night not with them. The top five Bruins have a lot of reflection to do this offseason, and Sweeney has many things to consider when developing his top six for the next season.
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