BOSTON (AP) When Alex Pietrangelo lifted a backhander over Tuukka Rask to provide the St. Louis Blues a two-goal lead late in the first period, Boston lovers went silent and the eerie quiet lasted during intermission.
With good reason. The Blues had not lost a playoff match that was single when up by two goals.
The Bruins discovered what San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets learned the hard way: Don’t allow the St. Louis Blues have a lead.
Check out the game’s 7 recap of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals The team of craig Berube revealed all playoffs a baseball game could be locked down by it than anyone in the NHL. Their style of game contrasts perfectly to playing with a lead, a recipe which helped them finish Boston 4-1 Wednesday night in Game 7 off to lift the Stanley Cup.
“We did a real good job at the middle of the ice tonight, especially in our own end – good sticks, clogging it up, blocking shots,” Berube said.” I thought our guys, they did a real great job in the center of the ice, up it, not giving them anything free there.”
After the season saw an 138 multi-goal comebacks, the Blues went 4-0 at the Cup final after taking a lead of any kind about the Bruins they had a two-goal or even more benefit this postseason and were undefeated.
When he took over as coach for Mike Yeo at 24, so much of this may be traced right back to Berube’s changes. He instituted a north-south brand of hockey which suited the roster manager Doug Armstrong put together. Asked after Game 7 to the ice what Berube’s hiring supposed to St. Louis, Armstrong didn’t hesitate.
“Everything,” he said simply.” He arrived in. One was that he took the standings down. … He said, let’s go to work every day.”
“He doesn’t get too high, too low… I heard a lot working with him and I look forward to working together for a long time to come,” added Armstrong, who then laughed when Berube’s interim title was mentioned.” We are going to work that out”
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