Down 2-0 early in the second period, the Boston Bruins rallied for a convincing 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final Monday night at TD Garden. The Bruins dominated the final 40 minutes. They controlled the pace with better offensive chances. Boston’s fourth-line scored the game-winner compliments of grinder Sean Kuraly (3) early in the third period. Early in the second period, the fourth line set up the team’s first goal as the start of the four unanswered tallies that started with Connor Clifton just one minute after St. Louis scored.
But the Bruins locker room was not in a celebratory mood. It was business like. Level headed even. Boston Hockey Now was in the locker room and caught all the reaction from the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask made 18 saves on 20 shots Stanley Cup Final win since Game 5 of the Bruins 2013 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Rask and Kuraly, who is the hero now known for the #KuraLeap celebration, talked about the plethora of multi-goal comebacks in the league this year and the mindset when the team was down 2-0.
Bruce Cassidy wasn’t thrilled with his team’s first period, but he was encouraged by his team’s toughness and defensive play as they pulled away in Game 1. He touched on that, his defenders being so comfortable in the attack and more.
Torey Krug didn’t score in Game 1, but he might just be responsible for the most memorable play of the night. He discussed his bone-shattering hit on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas.
It was a slow start for the Bruins’ tonight, but Clifton’s goal shortly after Vladimir Tarasenko’s marker (9) helped right the ship for Boston. Patrice Bergeron admitted that play helped sparked the Bruins’ comeback.
It was no doubt an emotional night for David Backes, who served as captain of the Blues earlier in his career. Now, he opposes them in the Stanley Cup Final. Backes touched on the wild ride that Game 1 was.