There was nothing for them to rally around, from the performance of their goaltender to their penalty killing to their trademark sense of resilience.
Over a cheering crowd, another fan said, "We're out there, we're skating we're hitting, we're playing tough, aggressive, Boston hockey and I've got no worries". "I mean it was, but listen, our team is confident". Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said the team worked on recovering pucks and supporting players in the attacking zone on the power play, which wasn't happening enough in Games 1 and 2. If that reference doesn't connect (like so many St. Louis passes), the Blues are once again a team that looks like it isn't sure - or doesn't know - who it really is.
It's clear that Boston's power play, which has scored at least one goal in its last seven games, is a huge part of the B's success this postseason, but what about at 5-on-5? "He's always rebounded really well". In the what-were-they-thinking question of the night, the Blues used "Dream On" - performed by one of Boston's greatest bands, Aerosmith - in their pregame highlight package.Patrice Bergeron scored his league-leading seventh power play goal of the playoffs, two shy of the NHL record for most in a postseason. But the Blues have been ineffective on both sides of special teams and it's costing them big-time. They have already given up 14 power plays through three games, a phenomenon Berube explains at least partly with some questionable officiating. Its four power plays lasted a total of 2:06.
By the time Boston led 5-1 late in the second period, the loudest cheers came when NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was shown on the scoreboard chugging a drink during a TV timeout.
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The Blues have come back from adversity before, starting with climbing out of the league cellar on January 3 and overcoming a loss in Game 3 in the Western Conference final to San Jose on an uncalled illegal hand pass that led directly to an overtime goal. The Bruins have used their penalty kill to take momentum away from the Blues. And the Bruins are deeper and more experienced than the Blues' previous opponents, triggering frustration among the Blues. They help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. They have good pressure points.
It might not be a do-or-die game for the Blues. The Bruins went a flawless 4-for-4 with the man advantage in a Game 3 win, and have scored at least one power play goal in every game of the series. "I feel like if we can do that, we're effective".
MIGHT BE TIME FOR A CHANGEHaving Oskar Sundqvist back from his one-game suspension will give the Blues a different look than they had in Game 3, but if Robert Thomas can go in Game 4, Craig Berube might want to contemplate putting him in and taking David Perron out.
But the Blues have one big hope for Game 4: Jordan Binnington. "We've discussed about penalties and he'll be more disciplined (in Game 4)", Berube said.