Stanley Cup Final: Bruins chase Jordan Binnington, take 2-1 lead on Blues with blowout win

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues had the emotion of their first home Stanley Cup Final game in 49 years. They had the momentum of their impressive win in Game 2. They had St. Louis-raised actors Jon Hamm and Jenna Fischer, Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger and a host of former and current NFL players in the house for support.  

They had the entire city buzzing about their chances of winning the Cup. 

What they didn’t have was their "A" game and the Boston Bruins took advantage of that to post a 7-2 win to claim a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final. Game 4 will be Monday in St. Louis

The Bruins scored four power-play goals, and center Patrice Bergeron registered a goal and two assists while defenseman Torey Krug had a goal and three assists as the Bruins won for the eighth time in their last nine playoff games.

In that span of success, the Bruins have outscored the opposition 41-16.

With Bergeron, Krug and David Pastrnak scoring power-play goals, the Bruins are now 6-for-14 with the man advantage during the series. Sean Kuraly and Charlie Coyle also scored for Boston. Noel Acciari added an empty-net goal before Marcus Johansson pumped home a final power-play tally. 

The first two games of the series were close. Because of Boston’s power play, Game 3 was not. The Bruins led 3-0 after the first period and Blues goalie Jordan Binnington was chased after Krug scored at 12:12 of the second period to make the score 5-1. He was replaced by Jake Allen, who hadn't played a game since April 3. 

Ivan Barbashev and Colton Parayko scored for the Blues. The Blues controlled play for much of the second half of the game, but by then it was too late.

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