3 results of the defeat of Game 2 of the Bruins against the Blues

The Blues got a counter-hit to match the series.
3 results of the defeat of Game 2 of the Bruins against the Blues
San Luis rejected the Bruins on Wednesday night after their defeat in Game 1. The Bruins, playing without Matt Grzelcyk by two-thirds of Wednesday's slant after a stroke behind Oscar Sundqvist, felt exhausted and lacked fundamentals despite leading twice during a first wild period.

Tuukka Rask gave his team a chance to win when the Bruins pursued things after Vladimir Tarasenko tied things with his tenth playoff goal at 2:55 pm of the first. His effort was in vain, as Carl Gunnarson, who reached the post in the third period, redeemed himself in overtime with his first postseason account in his career.

"They were more difficult than in the last game," said Charlie Coyle, one of Boston's two goal-scorers, after the 3-2 overtime loss. "They had a rhythm, they hit and they were all over the disc, we expected that I do not think our play was the same as yours and you see they get the result they got."

This is what we learned when the first results of the series were as they were written during the first two games between two paired hockey clubs.

The Blues found a formula of success against the top line of Boston.
Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak made things look easy most of the time. But the 'line of perfection' is anything but perfect through the first two games.

The patented trio combined for seven of Boston's 23 shots on goal in Game 2. They found the defensive pairing of St. Louis in Jay Bouwmeester and Colton Parayko. The top line of the Blues by Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn and Tarasenko have three goals against Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak.

Bruce Cassidy pulled Bergeron's line away from Schenn, Schwartz, and Tarasenko. But the Blues were still jumping on the top line with players like Ryan O'Reilly, another Selke finalist with Bergeron, leading the way.

"Obviously they are a dynamic line, they have great firepower and we are just trying to make it as difficult as possible for these guys, we did not give them momentum and we are just smart, we are disciplined with the disc at the right time," said O ' Reilly. "But, once again, we have a lot of work to do and we have to be ready for adjustments."

The top line only has one goal to show in the first two games: a Marchand in Game 1. The Bruins found contributions in the last six with Coyle, Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly lighting the lamp in the first two. games

Both teams expect a long series, but the Bruins need to get their first line. Their unusual passive decision making put them in a difficult place. They can not afford it since the series moves to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4.

"Yes, we have to be better," Marchand said. "Personally, I was not good in the last two games, so, you know, we can not play like that."

There are challenges without Matt Grzelcyk.

The NHL Players Safety Department will further inform the Sundqvist coup in Grzelcyk. But that's not a consolation prize that the Bruins need.

The Bruins had the opportunity to make Sundqvist and the Blues pay. They do not.

The Boston power game mimicked his performance in Game 1 with an output of 1 out of 5. But unlike Monday, where the Blues felt burdened with their death penalty, the Bruins showed no fluid puck movements or developed opportunities. of quality with the advantage of man.

The Blues had the same amount of shorthand shots in the goal, three, like the power game of the Bruins. That's not a winning formula on a given night, let alone in a Stanley Cup final.

Playing with a blue line in abbreviated form provides much more responsibility through alignment. The Bruins skated with five defenses after Grzelcyk's departure and felt compelled as the game progressed. Come in extra time, where they fought to clean the record, especially during a delayed penalty on Brandon Carlo, Gunnarson took the opportunity to help his team even to the series.

"Well, everyone has to pull the rope a bit more and everyone has more responsibility after that and I know we are capable of doing it," Coyle said. "It's not an ideal situation, but we get that from this team and the players who can also eat more minutes."

Coyle and company could not win one for their Charlestown-born partner since he spent the rest of Game 2 in a hospital to perform more tests.