Stanley Cup Final: Blues ride overtime flurry to Game 2 victory, tie series with Bruins

BOSTON – Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson scored at 3:51 of overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins for their first Stanley Cup Final win in the team’s 52-year-history.

With the win, the Blues tie the best-of-seven series 1-1 with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday in St. Louis.

The Blues, in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970, had been 0-13 in the Final before Gunnarsson’s goal. He had hit the post late in the third period.

The Blues had controlled play throughout the overtime and were on a delayed penalty when they scored.

The Bruins played most of the game without defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who was injured by a hard check by Oskar Sundqvist in the first period.

Bruins right wing David Backes shoves Blues left wing Pat Maroon during the first period of Game 2. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)

Game 2 was 2-2 after one period, which was the 40-minute score in Game 1. However, Game 2 was far different because the Bruins were unable to take over in the second period as they did in Game 1.

After two periods in Game 2, the Blues had a 24-14 edge in shots on goal and a 33-19 edge in hits.

The Bruins tried to take charge in the first period, scoring a power play goal by Charlie Coyle at 4:44 of the first period. But Robert Bortuzzo answered for the Blues at 9:37 on a shot that deflected off a Boston player at the side of the net.

Forty second later, the Bruins took a 2-1 lead on Joakim Nordstrom’s even-strength goal. But Vladimir Tarasenko scored on his own rebound at 14:55 to tie the score at 2-2.

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