As a not so subtle reminder for the Boston Bruins that their Cup Final lives are on the line Sunday night, the Stanley Cup will be in St. Louis if the Blues clinch their first championship in franchise history.
Philp Pritchard, also known as “Keeper of the Cup” tweeted the following on Saturday:
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) June 8, 2019
While much of the Game 5 postgame talk was rightfully on the non-call of Tyler Bozak’s slew-foot and the head hit by Ivan Barbashev on Torey Krug which ultimately resulted in a suspension, the Bruins can’t rely on officiating to get past a confident Blues team.
There was some potentially good news for the Bruins as Matt Grzelcyk, and forward Chris Wagner both skated with Boston during Saturday’s off-day practice. Though Cassidy did say Grzelcyk, “hasn’t been medically cleared, and he’s still in the red.”
Even if Boston does get some positive injury news before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final the top trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak have to find the magic that made them one of the most dynamic lines in the NHL during the regular season. This line has zero goals in five on five situations this Cup Final. Zero.
While Cassidy did say, “Can’t force it all on three individuals and say they have to score or we don’t win. It’s a team game, right? I get that, that they need to produce at some point. We could use a big goal from them. But we can win without them producing. We have. We’ve gotten here with secondary scoring.”
Yeah, I understand the head coach saying something like that. It makes sense. It’s admirable. But the truth is Boston really can’t win two more games with zero production from Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak.
After all, the Cup is already in St. Louis. It’s waiting. The Bruins need more spark from the top of their lineup if the Keeper of the Cup has to make one more flight.