BOSTON — Sean Kuraly scored to interrupt a third-period tie and assisted on one other objective to assist the Boston Bruins rally from a two-goal deficit and beat the St. Louis Blues, Four-2, on Monday night time in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Tuukka Rask stopped 18 photographs for Boston, which fell behind, 2-Zero, on objectives from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko. But the Bruins outshot the Blues by 18-Three within the second interval — and by 38-20 within the sport — to take the opener within the best-of-seven sequence.
Brad Marchand added an empty-netter to clinch it.
Forty-nine years after Bobby Orr flew via the air after his Cup-clinching objective in opposition to St. Louis within the 1970 finals, Boston defensemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy scored within the second interval to tie it.
Jordan Binnington made 34 saves for the Blues. Game 2 is Wednesday night time.
It had been 17,914 days because the Blues’ final look within the Stanley Cup finals, after they misplaced to Orr’s Bruins in 4 video games.
They bumped into a well-recognized drawback: the Boston protection.
After making the most of Boston’s sluggish begin — the Bruins hadn’t performed since finishing a sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes within the Eastern Conference finals on May 16 — St. Louis jumped to a 2-Zero lead.
Schenn made it 1-Zero lead halfway via the primary interval on a third-chance shot. In the primary minute of the second, David Pastrnak bought sloppy behind the Bruins’ internet, and Schenn was there once more, this time to move it to Tarasenko within the slot to make it 2-Zero.
But simply 76 seconds later, Clifton tipped in a move from Kuraly to chop the deficit to 1 objective. And in the midst of the second, on the Bruins’ fourth energy play of the sport, McAvoy got here proper up the center and wristed the puck previous Binnington’s glove to tie it.
It was nonetheless tied 5 minutes into the third when Noel Acciari, on Binnington’s left, made a spin transfer and swept the puck throughout the crease to Kuraly. He steadied it along with his skate after which poked it in along with his stick to offer the Bruins their first lead of the sport.
The crowd, which had beforehand been most excited to see the 2011 champions waving banners earlier than the sport, started a chant of “Let’s go, Bruins!” Although David Krejci’s penalty quieted the constructing, it got here again to life when Torey Krug, offended over a scuffle with David Perron in entrance of the St. Louis internet, sped down the ice helmetless and flattened Robert Thomas.
After the whistle, followers chanted “We want the Cup!”
Lil Nas X and Chase Rice, who carried out a live performance in City Hall Plaza earlier than the sport, have been in attendance. They each bought large cheers when proven on the video board, and the group erupted when Rice chugged a beer. … Members of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup championship group took half in pregame banner ceremonies. Five gamers on the present roster have been on that group: Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara. … The Blues scored the primary objective for the 14th time in 20 playoff video games. They had been 10-Three when scoring first, and 6-1 when main after the primary interval. … Blues defenseman Vince Dunn missed his fourth straight sport with an unspecified damage. … Jordan Binnington stopped 83 of the earlier 85 photographs he confronted via one interval.