Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and the Boston Bruins broke up a tight game with four third period goals to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 to send the Stanley Cup Final to a seventh game at TD Garden on Wednesday night.
Brad Marchand’s 5-on-3 power play marker at 8:40 of the first period was the only goal either team scored during the first forty minutes.
The Bruins went up by two 2:31 into the final frame when Brandon Carlo’s rather harmless looking shot from the point bounced off the ice and eluded Jordan Binnington.
Rookie Karson Kuhlman took a pass from David Krejci and zinged in a wrister from just outside the right circle at 10:15 for his first career playoff goal.
The Blues finally solved Rask 1:46 later when Ryan O’Reilly’s shot from the lower left circle just got over the goal line before the goaltender kicked it back out in a play that had to go to video review to confirm the goal.
David Pastrnak restored Boston’s three-goal lead at 14:06 after Sean Kuraly forced a turnover below the goal line and passed out in front to Marchand, who quickly found Pastrnak all alone and he finished on the forehand after pulling Binnington to the ice.
Zdeno Chara completed the scoring with an unassisted empty-netter with 2:19 left on the clock.