Both the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins had long layoffs before beginning the Stanley Cup Finals. It did not affect either team at all. St. Louis and Boston were both energetic and physical from the get go.
With the game tied at two in the third-period, Sean Kurlay scored off a rebound 5:21 into the third for the Bruins and it turned out to be the game-winning goal for them in a 4-2 win in Game 1 over the Blues.
Brad Marchand scored an empty-net goal with 1:49 remaining in regulation for Boston.
The intensity in the stadium was so intense that Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug absolutely destroyed St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas on a hit in the third-period when Boston had a 3-2 lead.
It is clear that this series will be chippy, intense, war-like, and exciting.
St. Louis had a 2-0 lead on the Bruins in this game in the second-period. Brayden Schenn scored 7:23 into the game for the Blues.
Vladimir Tarsenko scored one minute into the second-period for St. Louis.
The St. Louis Blues were getting through Boston’s defense with ease early in the game. They had more of a difficult time of generating chances when the Boston Bruins were able to get rolling offensively.
Connor Clifton scored for them 1:16 after Tarasenko’s goal to cut the lead in half. Boston then tied the game at two on the power play with 7:19 remaining in the second-period.
Jordan Binnington had a solid game for St. Louis between the pipes in Game 1 with 34 saves.
Tuukka Rask only made 18 saves for Boston.
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara left Game 1 in the third-period because he blocked a shot and his arm started to bleed. Chara will more than likely play in Game 2 for Boston and it will be on Wednesday night in Boston.