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Stanley Cup Final: The Bruins beat the Blues, 5-1, to force Game 7 in Boston

Stanley Cup Final: The Bruins beat the Blues, 5-1, to force Game 7 in Boston

The Stanley Cup was in the building on Sunday night when the Blues hosted the Bruins for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in St. Louis. But it was not until the Bruins won, 5-1 to force Game 7. Now, both teams will have the chance to win everything again in Boston on Wednesday.

Check below to see a summary of what happened in Game 6.


Some products of the top line.

Do not look now, but the upper line of the Bruins has found life and production. That trio played well on Sunday night and was the best forward of the Bruins in terms of possession in 5 against 5, only one game eliminated from being the worst team unit in that category. A goal by David Pastrnak in the third period gave that main unit its first goal with a uniform force in the series, although Bergeron was not on the ice.
The top line was absolutely necessary to get things moving and play better to give the Bruins a chance, and Sunday's game was a step in the right direction towards Game 7.


Tuukka Rask eats big again

Tuukka Rask has been dominant for the Bruins in potential elimination games this postseason and had another outstanding night among the pipes in Game 6. He was particularly great in the first two periods, as the Blues had some quality opportunities, but Rask was frustrated. Who stopped everything that occurred to him.

The second period was about the survival of the Bruins. The Blues started to put a lot of pressure on Boston in the middle frame, but they could not get anything on the board. Rask looked unbeatable, although I also had a bit of luck on his side. Get a load of this sequence that saw a shot veer off the pole, onto Tuukka's back, and then squish out of the air on Tuukka's back before leaving the area. Only madness. 
Rask was crucial in keeping the Bruins ahead and not bringing the Blues to life in the first couple of periods before the Bruins could break things.

On the other hand, it was not a great night for Jordan Binnington. The second goal was given to a fairly weak rebound shot from the point and it felt like a kind of back-breaker for the Blues, who had been pushing and seemed to be due to a breakthrough.


The factors of Karson Kuhlman in

Karson Kuhlman made his debut in the Stanley Cup, placing himself in the second line of Boston instead of David Backes. The young forward had an immediate impact, scoring his first playoff goal with an absolute beauty of shooting. 
Kuhlman looked good bringing a little extra speed and energy into the lineup. More important, however, his presence in the wing also seemed to provide a boost to his linemates, David Krejci, and Jake DeBrusk, who struggled to make this happen in this series before Sunday.

It feels safe to assume that Kuhlman will stay in that place for Game 7.


O'Reilly scores again

The only goal of the Blues came - guess who? --- Ryan O'Reilly. I have continued to enlighten him in this series. That is his fourth goal in the last three games and his seventh point of the series. It has advanced to San Luis in this final of the Cup, after having had a great challenge in the previous three rounds. If the Blues can win in Game 7, O'Reilly looks like he might be playing in Conn Smythe's argument.