Blues Tie Up Stanley Cup Final With Bruins After Overtime Win In Game 2, Grzelcyk Hospitalized Following Hit
After a convincing 4-2 win in Game 1 on Monday night, the Bruins fell 3-2 last night in overtime to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Carl Gunnarsson, who'd never scored a playoff goal in 56 career games, delivered the game-winner just 3:51 into overtime following a delayed penalty:
St. Louis didn't allow a Boston shot in overtime, while they had four of their own.
Boston was outplayed for the vast majority of the game, as they were out-shot 37-23 (had 38-20 advantage in Game 1), and 14-6 in the second period.
Prior to overtime, the game's four goals were all scored in the first period. Charlie Coyle (7th, PPG, 4:44), Robert Bortuzzo (2nd, 9:37), Joakim Nordstrom (3rd, 10:17) and Vladimir Tarasenko (10th, 14:55) found the back of the net in the back-and-forth period.
The Bruins missed four consecutive power-play opportunities after Coyle's early goal. The first of those missed chances came following a controversial hit from Oskar Sundqvist on Matt Grzelcyk against the boards:
Grzelcyk did not return to the game and was taken to the hospital.
NHL commentator Don Cherry said Grzelcyk was "asking for it" with the hit.
Sundqvist is due to have a hearing today with the NHL Department of Player Safety. Of the four players to have such hearings in these playoffs, all have received a suspension.
The series heads back to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4, set for Saturday and Monday night, both at 8 pm ET (all games this series are).