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The Boston Bruins Force A Decisive 7th Game

June 10, 2019

The Boston Bruins won (5-1) at St. Louis (Blues) last night to force a decisive seventh game for the Stanley Cup title on Wednesday night in Boston.

Tuukka Rask was brilliant in goal, as the Bruins staved off elimination for the third time in these ‘offs, and will host a seventh game of the final, for the first time in their history.

Brad Marchand opened the scoring for the Bruins, who had a 2 man advantage power play. The team scoring first has won 4 of the 6 games, thus far in this final.

Rask led the way, Brandon Carlo made it (2-0) in the third period, the Bruins stymied all four Blues’ power plays and Ryan O’Reilly, so clutch in #’s 4 and 5, failed to score on opportunities when it mattered, and then scored with his team down (3-0) well into the third period.


Tuukka Rask, pictured above.




The Bruins were in 14 best of 7, NHL final round entities, including the first one in 1939, a Bruins’ 5 game, series victory, by the way, without playing in a seventh game. Now they are in their second in their last 3 final rounds, having played in and won #7, at Vancouver in 2011.

They narrowly missed being in a seventh game in ’13 when the Bruins dissipated/Chicago (Blackhawks) rallied to both tie and win #6 at Boston, in the last minutes of play.

Should the Bruins prevail on Wednesday night, Boston will join Detroit in 1935-1936, as the only cities to win baseball, football and either hockey (which was the case in ’35-’36, no NBA until ’47) or basketball crowns in that order (baseball then football then either hockey or basketball) and consecutively.

1935 fits in, no matter Wednesday’s outcome, as if the Blues prevail, they will be the first team since and likely joining the (1934-1935), Montreal Maroons, as the only teams to win the Stanley Cup, with a losing playoffs record at home.

We will take Mike Emrick’s word for it on that matter. He also cited the Bruins, now (25-1) record in playoff games, in which Mr. Marchand scored a goal. He wondered regarding the one loss, joked about it, but did not cite it.

I am not like that and offer the failure of the Blues to win the title with a chance to do so, is only the second time after 1946, that a team with a chance to do so on a Sunday, failed in that endeavor. Nine teams succeeded in that span, including the Bruins vs the Blues in 1970.

The other time was in 1971 when Montreal won #6 on a Sunday afternoon vs “Chi” and then won #7, with Henri Richard scoring two third period goals in a (3-2) Habs win. Oh in ’46, it was the Bruins, down (3-0) who staved off elimination for one game, winning on Sunday April 7, 1946. Montreal then “titled” at home.


Thank goodness, David Ortiz, who in my opinion did more than anyone even the great Tom Brady, to positively turn around Boston sports’ fortunes, is in stable condition and not worse, after being shot while in his native Dominican Republic.




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