Stanley Cup Final: The Bruins return from a 2-0 deficit, scoring four without an answer to win Game 1 against Blues

As expected, both teams seemed affected by the long rest between rounds
Stanley Cup Final: The Bruins return from a 2-0 deficit, scoring four without an answer to win Game 1 against Blues
It's been a long and tiring road to the Stanley Cup final, but Game 1 finally arrived on Monday night. It had been 11 days since the Bruins had played a game, six for the Blues. The extra rest did not seem to hurt the Bruins too much, as they took Game 1 impressively.

Both teams left a bit rusty at the beginning, but the Blues could take advantage of some early opportunities to take a 2-0 lead. However, the Bruins have been a resilient team throughout the year and could get out of that early hole and respond with four unanswered goals to win 4-2 in the first game of the series.

Boston got some in-depth performances to get his eighth consecutive win in the postseason. Each of the three stars of the game (Connor Clifton, Marcus Johansson, and Sean Kuraly) came from the bottom half of the Boston lineup.

We are going to enter in some points to take.

The blues were better out of the starting gate.

As expected, both teams seemed to be affected by the long rest between rounds and were a little careless in the first period.

That said, the Blues came out the door as the best team and could achieve a great goal to enter the board first. That goal by Brayden Schenn less than 10 minutes from the opening draw was helped by the Bruins who looked like a disaster in their own end. The scant coverage of the front of Boston gave Schenn plenty of time in the slot and he took full advantage, beating Tuukka Rask by an early 1-0 lead.
Boston did not have large legs outside the door and as a result, they underwent an inspection in the front. The Blues did a pretty decent job obstructing the neutral zone and preventing the Bruins from making many clean innings and there was not much-sustained pressure from Boston during the first period.

That said, the Blues also did not seem entirely clear and the Bruins still managed to find a decent number of unique opportunities. Jake DeBrusk was denied in a partial getaway. Marcus Johansson called a post in an impressive career. Brad Marchand kicked once with an open net in front of him. The openings were there, but the Bruins stayed off the scoreboard.

The discipline was a problem for the blues.

One of the talking points in this game was the lack of experience in the Blues Stanley Cup Final. Only one man on the list (Jordan Perron) had previous experience in SCF, while more than a handful of Bruins had been there before. The Blues certainly looked like the most inexperienced team in Game 1 and discipline was a problem.

The Blues took some unnecessary penalties and put the Bruins in the power play five times. That was a particularly bad idea considering that Boston was converting to 34 percent of the power play towards the Cup final. The Blues' PK unit did a good job in the first three deaths, but it was finally affected for the fourth penalty: the second period crossed the control visit of Oskar Sundqvist in the neutral zone.

The ice really tilted in Boston's favor after the second cross-checks period in Oskar Sundqvist in the neutral zone. In the next power play, the Bruins found a goal by Charlie McAvoy to tie the game. 
After that power game, the Bruins were in control of the rest of the game.

We have seen throughout these playoffs that Boston can create great changes with the strength of its special teams' units and that the Blues allowed that to happen in Game 1. This game of the series was quite complex, with a lot of physical play and greasy, and there are good reasons to do so. he believes he will continue for the rest of the way, so Craig Berube's team will have to stay within himself and be more disciplined in this series to move forward.

An absolutely dominant second for Boston

We already played in the game that began to change in the second period, but it is worth talking about how twisted that first period was. The Blues may have scored in the middle box, but that goal came from a huge gift in the form of a horrible turnover by David Pastrnak.

Pastrnak coughed up an atrocious turnover on a pass without looking at anyone behind the Bruins' net. The Blues quickly cornered the record and fed him Vladimir Tarasenko to the front with a 2-0 lead. That is the seventh consecutive game of Tarasenkos with one point, for what it's worth. 
Apart from that gift, the Blues did not get prĂ¡There was virtually nothing in the second period, as they were repressed by the Bruins. Boston had an advantage of 18-3 in the middle frame, 14-3 in the possibility of scoring.

The score could have been tied in the second half, but it felt as if the Bruins had total control of the game ... because they were.

An effort to close the Bruins

Despite an unstable start and a relatively tough night for Zdeno Chara, the Bruins still put on a dominant defensive performance. Between the second and third periods, there the stretch of 3.5: 30 in which the Blues only registered five shots in the network. Basically, none of those shots represented a real threat.

The Boston defense made life easier for Tuukka Rask in Game 1. Just look at the 5-on-5 shooting chart; Blues got almost nothing under and around the fold. 

The Blues' scoring output came from an early break and miserable rotation in the second period, but apart from that, they got almost nothing that was offensive. They will have to return to the drawing board for Game 2.

The depth of the Bruins pushes them over

The most important story in the game was what the Bruins could get from their bottom half of the lineup.

The top line and the best defensive pair in Boston had a difficult start and were on the ice for two goals in San Luis. But shortly after Pasternak's turnover produced Tarasenko's goal, the Bruins' fourth line gave a much-needed response.

That answer came from perhaps the most unlikely of connections: Sean Kuraly to Connor Clifton. Kuraly found the defense of the Bruins running through the net and it was a somewhat messy goal that made its way through Binnington but cut the lead in half and allowed the B to find a pulse and return to the game.
That's only the second goal of Clifton's career (regular season and playoffs), so whoever bet on him by scoring the first goal of the Bruins in this SCF can go ahead and buy that yacht on his vision board now.

Kuraly and Clifton once again excelled in the third period when they combined to help produce what would prove to be the winning goal. Clifton made a good reading to choose a pass from Joel Edmundson in the neutral zone and establish possession in the Blues area, and Kuraly finally made a strong play to skate to stick in front of the net before putting the goal in the future. past Binnington. 
Both teams are able to obtain significant contributions from the entire lineup, but it was the Bruins' role players who performed in great locations on Monday night.