Jay Bouwmeester has chased the Stanley Cup through 1,257 regular and postseason NHL games.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the summary of the seasoned defender of this Stanley Cup final, though short, remains a precise analysis becomes more accurate through the game.
"During a series, it takes a few games or a while to really try it out," Bouwmeester said before his blues beat the Bruins in Game 5 of Thursday's tug-of-war to see who can and does play his game what he wants and to control things. Up to this point, we've done a good job in other series and taken control later. But with these guys they are a different animal. They are the best team we have ever played. "
And yet, here are the blues that once again impose their will on an adversary who wanted to fight back at the beginning of this series.
Let us have a look at the Bruins.
Your coach has to dab his cheek after shouting at the officials. Your line is limping. Some of their best team strengths and most talented single players are dull. They arrived in St. Louis on Friday and knew that their season could end on Sunday if they did not find a goalkeeper who would get better with the game.
Bouwmeester is of the opinion that the Bruins are the best team to have played the blues in this postseason. [1
The Bruins may be a different animal, but they start to look and sound like the jets, stars and sharks.
We experience Déjà Vu.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy gradually evokes memories of complainant Pete DeBoer. Cassidy's hurt feelings regarding the blues hits and Tyler Bozak's Game 5 dumping of Noel Acciari, which could replace Noel Picard's launch of Bobby Orr as a Bruin's most famous journey through a blue, were posted on a page by DeBoer's post-to -Post read. Playbook. It did not work for the Sharks coach. We'll see if Boston has more luck.
The Bruins, like the sharks, show signs that they are being undone by taking the reins. A non-call for a missed hand-pass that benefited San Jose made the Sharks watch the rest of the series over their shoulders and babble about how lucky they had been. A non-call in favor of the blues made the Bruins spark and finish Game 5. It's almost as if they have forgotten that there are other games that define the game.
Another Bruins-Sharks comparison? Both made the mistake of overlooking the physical cost of playing a best-of-seven series against these blues. Remember San Jose defender Erik Karlsson mocking the physical condition of the blues after Game 1 of the Western Conference final and being thrown off the ice at the end of the series? It was not much different from the public challenge of Boston defender Torey Krug against the blues after beating down Robert Thomas in Game 1.
"If you want to slap us in the mouth and look us in the eye, we're ready for that too," Krug said after the Bruins claimed Game One.
As Krug sent Thomas and his battered wrist to the press box, the blues ejected Matt Grzelcyk and put Acciari in the concussion protocol. The Boston captain, Zdeno Chara, now plays in full face protection after a puck from Brayden Schenn has run onto his cane and beard. The Blues have increased their average number of hits per game in the series from 25.1 against the Jets in the first round to 39.2 against the Bruins. The Bruins wanted a physical game. Now they do not sound so sure anymore.
The few Boston articles that are not quite focused on Bozak's journey are wondering why Boston's star-scorer flicker in the five-on-five game. Answer: It's the blues. Similar questions were asked in San Jose, Dallas and Winnipeg. The Blues outperform the top lines with even strength, averaging only 1.88 goals with consistent power per game.
Here's the plus for each of the regular season's leading scorers of the following teams during this season's The Blues series: David Pastrnak of Boston (down 5 to 5 games), Joe Pavelski of San Jose (0-5) Games before leaving the series), Tyler Seguin from Dallas (minus 2) and Mark Scheifele from Winnipeg (zero)). None of these prolific scorers found the blues network more than twice. This is the biggest story that receives the least attention, and it's from April.
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington re-enforces his braces on another opponent as a series approaches the finish line. He is now 1-7 in games 5, 6 and 7 and has not allowed more than two goals in any of these games. In fact, he has scored a total of four goals in the last five of these games.
And after playing the Bruins' deadly 19 chances in their first three games, the Blues have received five combined chances in their last two games. This reflects a similar reduction that the blues achieved in previous series. As the opponents' complaints about the physicality of the blues grow louder and louder, the blues tend to play smarter and swap smash for skills.
We know the script by now. What is surprising is how well it works against the Bruins.
Another victory, and there will not be a better team than the Blues.