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SportsRoad warrior Blues unfazed by Cup Final Game 7 in Boston

15:06  12 june  2019
15:06  12 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BOSTON (AP) — If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze St. Louis Blues teammates congratulate goaltender Jordan Binnington, right, after defeating the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final , Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston .

BOSTON (AP) — If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup . St. Louis did that in Game 2 to tie the series and is brimming with confidence, unfazed by the lack of home-ice advantage in the final game of the season.

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BOSTON — If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7, perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup.

He is the NHL schedule-maker , making him the most responsible for a January-March stretch when the Blues didn't play more than one consecutive home game at a time. It was a virtual 70-day road trip that forced a team with a half-dozen new faces to come together under coach Craig Berube. It also helped them put up a 9-3 road record in the playoffs and it is a big reason the Blues say they feel totally at home playing for the Cup in Boston on Wednesday night.

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BOSTON (AP) - If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup . St. Louis did that in Game 2 to tie the series and is brimming with confidence, unfazed by the lack of home-ice advantage in the final game of the season.

BOSTON (AP) - If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup . St. Louis did that in Game 2 to tie the series and is brimming with confidence, unfazed by the lack of home-ice advantage in the final game of the season.

"It was a time for us to get to know each other better," centre Ryan O'Reilly said. "We got out and got away, got the chance to go to the rink together every day, eat together every day. It just kind of brought us together. I think that's where we found our identity and came together. As you can see throughout the course of the playoffs, we're confident in the room. We find it easier to get to our game and have success."

Whichever team gets to its style of game faster and more effectively wins. That has been the story of this hard-fought series between evenly matched teams that like to play different ways.

Boston wants to skate and use its talent to score goals and grab momentum. St. Louis prefers to get pucks deep in the attacking zone, make defenders turn around and then deliver body blows whenever possible.

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BOSTON (AP) — If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup . St. Louis did that in Game 2 to tie the series and is brimming with confidence, unfazed by the lack of home-ice advantage in the final game of the season.

BOSTON (AP) - If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup . St. Louis did that in Game 2 to tie the series and is brimming with confidence, unfazed by the lack of home-ice advantage in the final game of the season.

The Blues front office has tried to replicate life on the road by having players stay in a hotel at home, but they are just 6-7 in St. Louis in the playoffs.

"I think when you're at home, you're maybe trying to play a little differently at times," Berube said.

The opening minutes of a 5-1 loss in Game 6 exemplified that. Players abandoned their straightforward approach and got fancy by trying to razzle-dazzle the puck past the Bruins, and when a goal didn't materialize in the first 10 minutes, momentum went the other way.

That's exactly how the Bruins like it.

"We came out pretty well," Boston defenceman Brandon Carlo said. "We've had good starts on the forecheck early, playing assertive, being aggressive and staying right on top of them, not backing down from anything, keeping our gaps tight, forwards are doing a great job on the forecheck and kind of asserting the pace out there."

Binnington, Blues beat Bruins 2-1, lead Cup final 3-2

Binnington, Blues beat Bruins 2-1, lead Cup final 3-2 BOSTON — Jordan Binnington stopped 38 shots, and Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron scored for St. Louis on Thursday night to give the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues have won two straight since a 7-2 loss at home and return to St. Louis with a chance to clinch the first NHL championship in franchise history. Tuukka Rask stopped 19 shots, and Jake DeBrusk scored for Boston. Game 6 is Sunday night. The Bruins were lifted by the return of captain Zdeno Chara, who left Game 4 dripping blood after taking a deflected puck off his face.

BOSTON — If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup . It also helped them put up a 9-3 road record in the playoffs and it is a big reason the Blues say they feel totally at home playing for the Cup in Boston on

BOSTON (AP) If the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 , perhaps Steve Hatze Petros should get his name on the Stanley Cup . St. Louis did that in Game 2 to tie the series and is brimming with confidence, unfazed by the lack of home-ice advantage in the final game of the season.

Who sets the pace could win Game 7. If it is fast and up and down the ice, advantage Bruins.

"I think we're a better skating team, and if we're playing to our pace both skating and moving the puck, I think we've taken over a little bit and created more chances, playing better defensively," Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom said. "When we're skating, we're getting back on pucks better. It obviously helps our D to break the puck out. Same thing goes up ice. We get on the forecheck a little bit quicker."

The Blues' whole game is based on their forecheck — how they put pressure on opposing defencemen and wear them down over the course of a game and a series.

"We're definitely built to sustain pressure," Blues winger David Perron said. "When we do that, we can really back off teams and hopefully slow down the crowd a little bit."

Quieting what should be a raucous crowd on hand for the first Stanley Cup Final Game 7 in Boston is easier said than done. St. Louis did that in Game 2 to tie the series and is brimming with confidence, unfazed by the lack of home-ice advantage in the final game of the season.

"We're excited and we're happy to get back on the road," winger Patrick Maroon said. "I think this where we jell the best."

The Bruins have won seven of 12 home games in the playoffs. Coach Bruce Cassidy said playing for home-ice advantage all season is for a situation just like this, but the road warrior Blues don't seem concerned.

"We just seem to like it," defenceman Carl Gunnarsson said. "We just keep putting up good results on the road. I don't know why, but it seems to be working for us. We'll try to keep that going."

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Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

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