On October 26, 2019, The Boston Bruins took on the St. Louis Blues for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final.
The first period was fast paced and both teams were able to generate offense and record chances. Tensions were high; the exchanges between the players were rough. The B’s were the first to get on the board, with David Pastrnak scoring his 11th of the season on the power play. The rest of the first continued to be very physical.
The second period was pretty back and forth, but Boston was able to establish a bit more zone time and overall offense. Halfway through the second, Anders Bjork scored his first of the season to put the Bruins up by two. “It’s a lot of excitement after… Good that that one got it, but it’s better that we got the win,” Bjork said to the media. Almost immediately after the goal, Torey Krug called for a hook. During the penalty kill, St. Louis put an immense amount of pressure on the B’s, establishing zone time for almost all of the two minutes. Luckily, the B’s were able to kill it off. With 42 seconds left, Matt Grzelyck was wrongfully whistled for interference, splitting the kill between two periods.
The Bruins started the third with Matt Grzelyck in the box serving the rest of his interference penalty. Fortunately, the Bruins were able to push through. Just a few minutes later, Boston went on the power play. With less than thirty seconds into the man advantage, David Pastrnak was driven headfirst into the crossbar. Unfortunately, there was no penalty on the play. The power play was active, and the passing was crisp. The B’s were able to record several chances, but nothing came of them. Tuukka Rask posted an excellent performance and solely saved the B’s butts on more than one occasion that evening. Brandon Carlo poted an empty-net goal. Tuukka Rask recorded his second shutout of the season. “It was just for two points… I didn’t see anyone carry the Cup in,” Tuukka joked in his post-game interview.