BOSTON — Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson ran into Coach Craig Berube within the rest room earlier than the beginning of time beyond regulation and informed him: “I simply want yet another.”
“He hit the publish within the third there, and he simply felt good about himself, clearly. Which he ought to have,” Berube mentioned. “I preferred listening to it.”
After clanging the potential winner off the publish within the closing two-minutes of regulation, Gunnarsson scored on a delayed penalty Three minutes 51 seconds into time beyond regulation to present St. Louis a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins and tie the Stanley Cup finals at a sport apiece.
Jordan Binnington made 21 saves, and Robert Bortuzzo and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in regulation to ship a sport within the championship collection to time beyond regulation for the primary time since 2016.
It was the Blues’ first victory within the Stanley Cup finals in franchise historical past after 13 straight losses.
“I assume that’s a bit of bonus and fairly cool if you concentrate on it that manner,” Gunnarsson mentioned. “We’re fairly positive we’re not going to cease right here.”
Charlie Coyle and Joakim Nordstrom scored, and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for Boston, which gained, 4-2, in Recreation 1 on Monday night time for his or her eighth straight postseason victory.
Recreation Three is Saturday night time in St. Louis.
Gunnarsson additionally assisted on Bortuzzo’s first-period objective after which hit the publish behind Rask with about two minutes left in regulation. Within the closing minute, Boston’s David Pastrnak had an opportunity off a face-off, however Binnington turned it away.
“Would have liked to have it within the third, however who cares?” Gunnarsson mentioned on the ice moments after the victory. “It’s nice, taking this house.”
After a livid first interval that led to a 2-2 tie, the groups went on protection within the second. Regardless of 4 penalties, together with a high-sticking, blood-drawing double-minor towards Boston’s Connor Clifton, neither staff was capable of rating.
It stayed tied by a hard-hitting third interval, with each groups failing to transform good scoring possibilities and keep away from time beyond regulation.
However after the break, it was all Blues.
Boston didn’t get off a shot within the time beyond regulation, and the Japanese Convention champions struggled to clear it out of their very own zone. Alexander Steen drew a hooking penalty in entrance of the online, and the Blues pulled Binnington for an additional skater.
Gunnarsson labored it round to the blue line, handed it to Oskar Sundqvist after which bought it again for a rifle shot over Rask’s stick aspect into the nook of the online.
“He bought a second probability at it and made essentially the most of it,” ahead Brayden Schenn mentioned. “The boys are pleased for him.”
Gunnarsson additionally fed Bortuzzo halfway by the primary interval for a shot that deflected off Matt Grzelcyk’s stick previous Rask to make it 1-1.
Nordstrom scored simply 40 seconds later to present Boston a 2-1 lead, however that lasted lower than 5 minutes earlier than Tarasenko took benefit of a mistake by Brad Marchand and lifted the puck over Rask with a second effort to tie the rating once more at 2-2.
“It was sort of like a loopy first,” Rask mentioned. “We bought the lead, tie, lead, tie, sort of bounced forwards and backwards. It in all probability wasn’t our greatest sport right now.”
Grzelcyk left with about two minutes left within the first interval after taking an elbow to the again of the pinnacle from Sundqvist. He left the world for a hospital; Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned he had no different replace.
The Bruins didn’t rating on the following energy play.
“They appeared to play with extra urgency than they did in Recreation 1. We performed with much less. They had been on prime of us, tighter