Bruins rally past Blues in Stanley Cup Final opener

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But the St. Louis Blues did soon feel that suffocating, oppressing, demoralizing squeeze that the Boston Bruins can supply.

"I think it gave our team energy, and that's all you're trying to do out there", Krug said after Boston rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat St. Louis 4-2 in Game 1 on Monday night. "They're a good team and they're going to force us into bad situations and things like that, but we need more than we gave tonight". He connected with Connor Clifton in transition to score the icebreaker, and then went skate-to-stick beautifully to convert the eventual game victor a little over five minutes into the third period.

Forty-nine years after Bobby Orr flew through the air to beat the Blues for the 1970 National Hockey League title, the Bruins got goals from defencemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy. "Don't make that guy mad".

Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 34 saves for St. Louis. But it was Boston which was struggling with a long layoff - at least early on.

There's no one individual to blame for what Blues fans are praying is a blip on the discipline radar on Monday, as five different St. Louis players including David Perron, Joel Edmundson, Oskar Sundqvist, Sammy Blais and Robert Thomas picked up PIMs on the night. He was gushing blood after taking Vladimir Tarasenko's shot to the forearm.

The Blues are looking to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history while the Bruins will try and nab their seventh.

"The time off, you don't have your edge yet to battle", he said. "We know they're going to come out even stronger for Game 2".

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The current average is $4,214 CAD for games at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto - the highest ever. But it was nice that we kept our mouths shut and just let everything play out.

"We play for each other, everybody's willing to do the dirty work", Rask said of his defense. We weren't playing to our standard. "Even in practice, if you watch me in practice the last few days, I'm celebrating like I scored a big goal".

It allowed Boston to survive a rusty opening period following the 11-day wait for this series to begin.

"I was pretty much a spectator after that", Rask said.

The Bruins, bolstered by their fourth line, stormed back 76 seconds later when a cross-ice pass from Kuraly deflected off rookie defenseman Connor Clifton's skate and into the Blues net. After failing to convert on five power-play chances, McAvoy was able to get a man-advantage goal, unassisted. But the spotlight belonged to Kuraly, just nine weeks removed from hand surgery, and his 27-year-old workmanlike wingers, Noel Acciari and Joakim Nordstrom. He steadied it with his skate and then poked it in with his stick to give the Bruins their first lead of the game.

"Well, they pressure you", Blues coach Craig Berube said. Teams that have won Game 1 in any best-of-7 series have a series record of 476-219 (.685).

Notes: Zdeno Chara had a cut on his left arm where he was hit by Tarasenko's shot.