If you can not defeat, mutilate, and murder them.
That seems to be the philosophy of the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup final.
Luckily for the Bruins, they were wise to the blues' approach to Match 3 on Saturday in St. Louis and both could get away without serious injury from a blues player (Charlie McAvoy's left-foot shot stayed out) and a 7: 3-win, which earned them a 2-1 lead, get away.  Game 4 on Monday, still in St. Louis.
The blues, who defeated three of San Jose's best players in the Western Conference final, decided to continue their outstanding physical condition while Sammy Blais scored 50 goals and Boston defender Matt Grzelcyk in game 2 with 2: 3 beat.
It only took 44 seconds before he could rock David Backes with a headshot in the corner, which went unpunished. [1
– Conor Ryan (@ ConorRyan_93) June 2, 2019
Brayden Schenn tried to behead David Pastrnak later in the first period.
– NHL Prospects Watcher (@Prospects_Watch) 2. June 2019, got009, 1965 Tuukka Rask face early in the third period. And even as the Bruins sealed their victory with Noel Acciari's empty goal, Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo hit the Boston striker. A dirty game in which there was no chance to stop Acciari was clearly meant only to see if Pietrangelo could hurt Acciari.
– Boston Bruins on CLNS 2. June 2019
What could have begun as a strategy to throw the Bruins out of the game and possibly move them to penalty fines, was quickly becoming an attempt to see as well how many Bruins have to land in the Bundesliga or in the Bundesliga Infirmary, before the blues have closed the talent gap to win this series.
Boston did not take the bait for the most part.
"We did a great job without engaging in this behavior, or whatnot," said defender Brandon Carlo to the media.
Do not think for the second and the Bruins did not push back or cross the discipline a few times. The Blues outnumbers them at only 35-29, with only Jake DeBrusk knowing what went through his head when he was called to kneel at Pietrangelo shortly after Blai's Walloped Backes.
Zdeno Chara pit twice, once for unsportsmanlike In fact, the Bruins had to kill twice a penalty with two defenders (and penalty) in the box, both times surviving, largely thanks to Grzelcyk's substitute John Moore, who had a strong 13:09 3:52 on penalties, St. Louis's only powerplay goal brought Chara into the box for roughing and a shot deflected in front of Carlo de.
The blues headhunter mentality did not distract them, so the Bruins could resist the blues. Early start in the first home game of the cup final for 49 years. The crowd longing for Laura Branigan and the rallying cry of the young Laila Anderson before the match had upset St. Louis, and this early power play on the DeBrusk Knieruf could have put the Bruins in a hole.
Based on their experience, the Bruins killed the penalty calmly and then beat Patrice Bergeron's own powerplay goal out of the crowd.
From there, the Bruins played the game they wanted
Bergeron's line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak returned to the track, scoring a hit in the power play (Pastrnak also got a man) advantage), devastation in The St. Louis zone (Marchand drew a decisive penalty in the second half) and a stronger defense against Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz.
The Bruins & # 39; striker supported the defenders more than in the first two games of this series. No better play embodied this fact as Charlie Coule's goal at 17:40 in the first half put Boston 2-0 ahead. The game began below the Boston goal line, where Coyle won the puck while helping defender Charlie McAvoy, and then passed a check before joining the races with the Linemates Danton Heinen and Marcus Johansson.
Joakim Nordstrom also avoided a big check from Joel Edmundson while hurling the puck out of the defensive zone before Sean Kuraly had 10 seconds left on the puck in the first half. The Bruins took the lead 3-0 in that respect because they won battles in pursuit of puck ownership so they would not have a pound of meat – someone calls them that?) With a 4-for-4 evening in just four shots Net, and the penalty went 4-for-5. The only signs of life of St. Louis were the sales of DeBrusk and McAvoy in the second and the penalties of the Bruins in the third period. Rask was impenetrable when needed, scoring 27 saves in 29 strokes.
Even as the blues improved their physicality from game to game, the Bruins learned how to deal with it through their system play and their speed. Now it's up to the blues to learn their lesson and try to mix some hockey games with their racquet tactics to make a longer series of them.
That is, if they believe that they can win without eliminating some Bruins from the tournament celebrations. Based on the last two games their Goon mentality will continue and the Bruins should be able to make this series short and sweet.
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