What happens now if both Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk can’t play in games five, six and if needed, seven? The Blues wore down the Sharks, leaving them toothless. Are they taking the claws out of the Bruins?
Ryan O’Reilly is a big-game player. That was his first-ever two-goal playoff game. It came at just the right time. He’d had one in his previous 17 playoff games.
The Bruins came out rusty until Sean Kuraly and the fourth line stopped the bleeding. The fourth-line was the best on the ice.
The Bruins were a handful for the first three rounds. But everyone said they’d be water bugs compared to the big, heavy Blues. It sure didn’t look that way. The Blues had almost no O-zone time and their cycle game didn’t exist. #DontPokeTheBear
Brent Burns is an incredible defender, but this series belonged to Colton Parayko. He almost single-handedly neutralized the Sharks’ rush. He owns the neutral zone. Owns it. A guy that big shouldn’t be that agile. And he can score.
The Blues return to the Cup Finals for the first time since 1970. Radio station Y-98 will be playing another 24 hours of Laura Branigan’s Gloria after this series win. And they’re hoping they get to do it again in June. #earworm