Poetry in motion: Potent power play key to Bruins' series lead

Poetry in motion: Potent power play key to Bruins' series lead

Krug now has 16 points in 20 playoff games, that's tied for first place among defenceman. There was nothing for them to rally around, from the performance of their goaltender to their penalty killing to their trademark sense of resilience. They combined for five points a decidedly better effort at 5-on-5 and on the power play. "I mean it was, but listen, our team is confident".

Boston knows it can goad the Blues into penalties while themselves understanding there are certain things they have to tolerate without pushing back. Expect the Blues to be on top of their game in front of him as the hosts even the series at 2-2 after such an terrible performance two nights ago. 5, St. Louis, Barbashev 3 (Sanford, Steen), 11:05. Yet when the Boston Bruins appear on the ice, St. Louis struggles to play physically without taking penalties. "He's always rebounded really well". After the Bruins scored on two of their 10 power plays in Games 1 and 2, he noticed a hole in the Blues' penalty kill, made some adjustments and, boom, Boston scored four power-play goals ... on four shots. Marcus Johnasson scored 23 seconds into the power play to end it.

Or the Bruins make entries irrelevant because they don't let the puck leave the zone. In Game 3, regular-season faceoff king Ryan O'Reilly went 0-for-6 on the draw while killing penalties.

The Blues have come back from adversity before, starting with climbing out of the league cellar on January 3 and overcoming a loss in Game 3 in the Western Conference final to San Jose on an uncalled illegal hand pass that led directly to an overtime goal. "Without giving it away, we're trying to take advantage of it now". Now that they finally are, it's going to be hard to stop the Bruins, especially if the Blues keep continuing a parade to the penalty box. What will help them more is if the Blues are disciplined, move their feet, and avoid borderline offenses. It's a complete insult to the fans who paid outrageous prices (many around $1,000) for their opportunity to see a Stanley Cup Final Game. The problem here is that the Blues tread a fine line when it comes to the physical side of the game and when you do that, you sometimes find yourself on the wrong side of it.

Power-play opportunities_Boston 4 of 4; St. Louis 1 of 5. "The Bruins did a good job and we can't give them life that way". "I feel like if we can do that, we're effective".

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Both lineups will have notable absences; The Bruins will be without solid third-pairing defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who was injured as a result of a hit from Oskar Sundqvist in Game 2.

Game 4 is Monday night.

Why was it so good in Game 3? "I told him that was not the case".

At 5-on-5, the series' score is 5-5, with the Blues owning 52.8 per cent of the shot attempts and leading the high-danger scoring chances 21-19. They certainly didn't draw a lot of energy from their crowd in Game 3 and basically allowed the Bruins to take them out of it by going down 3-0 in the first period.

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