What Happened to the Blues in Game 6?

The Saint Louis Blues held momentum and a winning streak as they returned home to face the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. A victory would mean the first Stanley Cup victory in the history of a great NHL franchise that has not been able to make that last step. So what happened? How is it that all the above equaled a 5-1 loss to the Bruins? Good question. Here is my answer.

1. Momentum and historical opportunities are an advantage, however there is a downside. While being young and strong is a strength, it also means that handing all the emotion and pressure to succeed is going to be hard. For a team that usually has to fight for all they have, this advantage was unknown territory and it showed. Brayden Schenn’s first period penalty was unnecessary and impulsive. This combined with a fluke delay of game penalty from Blues stalwart Ryan O’Reilly that put the Blues on the penalty kill 5-3. This against a very effective Bruins power play. That a goal was scored is not too surprising. The first goal by the Bruins had the Blues fighting back the whole game. They never recovered. The score does not show that it was 1-0 after two periods. The wheels came off in the third.

2. Tuukka Rask is an incredible goalie. Regardless of who wins this Final, he should definitely win the Conn Symthe Trophy as the playoffs most valuable player. He is so hard to beat and he covers for the mistakes of his teammates. The Blues had four power plays in this game and a lot of great chances on goal that would have gone in with almost anyone else. He is incredible.

Prediction: So who will win Game 7 in Boston? It is going to be the Blues and this is why. They play better in adversity. In this Final, they have won two games in Boston and one in St. Louis. Being away seems to be better. If they can keep their emotions in check (an open question, its true), stay out of the box and control the puck they will win. Scoring first is not vital, but would really help. They will be fighting with all they have and they can make no mistakes against this great Bruins team. Nevertheless, they will win. The St. Louis Blues will raise the Cup.