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.
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
Jordan Binnington won’t win the Calder or the Conn Smythe without major miracles. But he’s the central figure in the greatest turnaround in hockey history. The Blues were dead-last on Jan. 2. So much for Lose for (Jack) Hughes.
High glove. That’s the book on Martin Jones. Everyone knows it, even Jones.
The Perfection Line really isn’t perfect, but they’re damn close. Wow.
Boston has played 17 games this postseason. Both San Jose and St. Louis have played a lot more, especially when you count all the overtime they’ve played. Does rest matter? I really think it could… as much as I hate to say that.