2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

BSJ Playoffs Report: Bruins 5, Blues 1 – Rask, Top-6 keep B’s season alive, force Game 7 at TD Garden

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ST. LOUIS — Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, with BSJ insight and analysis:

Box Score

THREE TAKEAWAYS

Bruins take their lumps in lockdown effort: With their season on the line, the Bruins needed a dominant performance in net from Tuukka Rask. By the time the dust settled in what was a 5-1 victory, Rask more than held up his end of the bargain, stopping 28 of the 29 shots that came his way to improve his postseason save percentage to .938 and send Boston to its first Game 7 on home ice in franchise history.

Rask certainly did not do it alone, though. On a night in which the Bruins only managed to generate two high-danger scoring chances in 46:43 of 5v5 TOI, Boston did not relinquish much of anything down the other end of the ice, going a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill while blocking 16 Blues shots.

While the stars on the roster paved the way, contributors like John Moore (three blocks in 17:06 TOI), Joakim Nordstrom (18:31 TOI - tops among Bruins forwards), Sean Kuraly (three hits, three takeaways) and a certain rookie all played a major role in Boston’s season staying alive.

A gamble on Karson Kuhlman pays off: In a win-or-go-home scenario, Bruce Cassidy put forth quite the gamble when it came to his lineup, opting to slot rookie Karson Kuhlman into the lineup in an effort to spark a stagnant second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Despite not playing in a contest since April 30, Kuhlman’s speed made an instant impact, as the winger used his wheels to elude St. Louis forecheckers on breakout attempts while also winning races to the puck in the O-zone that Backes would have labored with. Soon enough, that line broke through on the box score, with Kuhlman snapping a puck past Jordan Binnington at 10:15 in the third.

With Kuhlman’s tally, the Bruins have now had 21 different goal scorers this postseason — tying the all-time record with the 1987 Flyers.

The Top Six breaks through: It was inevitable, right? After going silent for most