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12:51  30 may  2019
12:51  30 may  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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In the end, the Bruins had nothing left in the tank© john tlumacki/globe staff Bruin defenseman Brandon Carlo makes a diving attempt to get the puck away from the Blues’ Alexander Steen in overtime.

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Once the clock turned 60:00, after what already had been a punishing and grueling night on Causeway St., the Bruins had little left for overtime.

They had lost leads of 1-0 and 2-1. They had been outshot, 33-23, through three periods.

BOX SCORE: BLUES 3, BRUINS 2 (OT)

If this was going to be a 1970 redux, a final-round sweep of the Blues, they would have to tap into an energy reserve that they began draining late in the first period when Matt Grzelcyk (suspected concussion) left for the hospital and the defensive corps was down to five.

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“Some of it was fatigue,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, noting the final sequence, in which an uncovered Carl Gunnarsson hammered home the winning goal. “It’s a screen shot from the point — we didn’t get in the shooting lane.”

The closest Bruin defender, forward Marcus Johansson, was not in reasonable distance of getting in the way of Gunnarsson as the Blues defenseman unloaded on the diagonal feed from Ryan O’Reilly.

Parked midway down the slot, Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo set the screen, the Blues working with an extra man with a delayed penalty whistled seconds earlier on Brandon Carlo.

And in net, where he already had turned back three shots in overtime, Bruins tender Tuukka Rask (eight straight wins), was left with the goaltender’s tool of last resort — a guess where Gunnarsson’s shot might appear.

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“You know, they had six guys on the ice, so he might have been the extra guy there,” said Rask. “It was a quick pass and a one-timer, so . . . I mean, you are trying to take away as much net as possible . . . and that’s a good shot, going cross-grain like that . . . tough to stop.”

Gunnarsson let go from high above the right-wing circle, with the 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound Pietrangelo acting as shooting mark/screen in the middle. A shot to the right of Pietrangelo would have meant trying to beat Rask on the short side. He opted to the far side, Rask’s blocker, and struck gold. Blues, 3-2, with 3:51 gone in overtime, and the series 1-1 en route to St. Louis.

“He hit the post in the third period, Gunny, and he said he needed one more shot,’’ said Blues coach Craig Berube, “He was jokin’ around a little bit. He played a hell of a game, made a great shot.”

Until that shot, the Blues were 0-13 in Cup Final games, dating back more than a half-century. And 49 years after Bobby Orr’s goal ran their streak to 0-12 with his OT Cup clincher in 1970, they finally put up a W.

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The overtime was an exaggerated microcosm of the game plan the Blues prepped into Game 2. They wanted more pucks to the net, and above all, they wanted to grind, with a heavy forecheck. They wanted Boston blue liners turned around in their own end, facing the glass, taking a beating.

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Exhibit A came at the 17:57 mark of the first when Grzelcyk turned to field a puck on the rear wall in his right defensive corner. Vulnerable to a big hit, he got it, his head slammed hard into the glass by a galloping Oskar Sundqvist. He was done for the night, helped off the ice by teammates Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci. Already under stress as drawn up by the Blues game plan, the Bruins would have to play man-down back there for the rest of the night — with the likes of Torey Krug, Zdeno Chara, and Charlie McAvoy all finishing the night with more than 25 minutes logged.

The Blues took full charge in the OT, worn down even more on the shift before the winning sequence, the Blues owning the zone via a series of turnovers. They were able to survive that first wave, got new bodies on the ice, only to have the Blues keep up the heat, ultimately forcing Carlo to haul down a Blues forward near Rask and set up the 6 on 5.

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“I thought puck possession in the offensive zone was huge,” said Berube. “That was led from our forecheck, making good plays. We have to get pucks in deep and go get ’em.”

The loss, their first since Game 3 of the Blue Jackets series, prevented the Bruins from taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the series — a possible ticket to their second Cup in eight years.

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“It feels huge,” said Carlo, asked about the disappointment of not heading to St. Louis with the 2-0 lead. “They pressed hard in overtime. If we had come out more on the top of our toes and gotten this one, it would have set us up well in the series — but we are back to Step One and continue to grind.”

The Blues, successful with a more assertive game, no doubt will look to carry through on that MO in Missouri. They were at times too aggressive, caught twice for a pair of goaltender interference infractions. But even with those penalties, the methodology worked.

“Especially when we went down a D, I guess they wanted to put more pressure on,’’ Rask said. “I think that is their game anyway. They forecheck well and try to keep the puck in there and grind it out. It is tough for the D. But you know, we just try to make that easy play, have some support and break the puck out. That is the only medicine, I guess.”

None of which was the was the case on the winning goal.

“Obviously,” said Cassidy, “we didn’t manage the puck well. We just weren’t able to get it out, change the mentality, and it snowballed on us.”

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