It was a controversial game – is there any other kind? – but the St. Louis Blues took home the win in Game Five on Thursday and hold a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
After a scoreless first period, Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring for the Blues just 55 seconds into the second period.
David Perron had the second goal of the game for St. Louis midway through the third period, but controversy reigned. Blues forward Tyler Bozak appeared to trip Bruins forward Noel Acciari ahead of the goal and officials called nothing, leading to a bit of the old trash-tossing from the Boston faithful.
It was a non-call and it led to a goal, a critical one that took the wind out of the sails of the Bruins, but it’s also a fact of this game and all of sport in general.
The Bruins tried to scrape their way back into the contest and Jake DeBrusk added a goal for the effort to make it 2-1, but the damage was done.
The so-called non-call will obviously be the stuff of livid discussion throughout comment sections and social media and rightly so, but there’s more to this game and Boston’s loss.
Jordan Binnington was stellar for the Blues, making 38 saves in the winning effort. The Bruins pushed the button offensively, but they couldn’t shake his resolve.
The Bruins outshot and out-hit the Blues in Game Five, while St. Louis once again took more penalties. This time, Boston couldn’t exact a power play goal and went zero for three on the man-advantage.
St. Louis has proven itself as a bounce-back team before, but they’ve won two straight since dropping that hideous 7-2 loss in Game Three and are 9-3 on the road in these playoffs. They’re now within one of raising the Stanley Cup and, as much as Boston fans might want to scream about the Bozak trip, the writing may well be on the wall.
The Blues are in line to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history when they return home for Game Six Sunday night.
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