2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

‘The will that we have to win’: Blocked shots become hallmark of Bruins’ Cup run

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ST. LOUIS — Joakim Nordstrom was sporting his fair share of bruises after the Bruins’ Game 2 overtime loss in the Stanley Cup Final.

The fourth liner has been one of the many key cogs in Boston’s bottom six that has elevated his game during the Bruins’ run to the Cup, tallying three goals and eight total points over 19 playoffs games — after posting 12 total points over 70 games during the regular season.

But the 27-year-old forward has also made his presence felt away from the stat sheet, blocking 17 shots — including six alone on Wednesday night against the Blues. Of those six — three came during a painful 50-second stretch during a four-minute PK sequence, with the hobbled skater taking a pair of blasts from Colton Parayko off of both of his skates in an effort to keep the puck from reaching Tuukka Rask.

Nordstrom eventually labored back over to the bench, drawing a standing ovation from a TD Garden crowd that had already seen Chris Wagner sacrifice his chance to play in a Cup Final by deflecting a slap shot in the Eastern Conference Final down in Raleigh.

Taking a disc of vulcanized rubber to both ankles isn’t going to feel great the morning after, but Nordstrom towed the company line when it came to weighing pain against the bigger picture.