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The Stanley Cup Final moves to St. Louis all tied up

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins
Brandon Carlo checks some Maroon.
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The Blues host the Bruins for the next pair of games. Stanley Cup Final Game #3 will air on Saturday on NBCSN at 8:00 PM ET.

  • By the numbers, the story of this series has been defense. TSN
  • The crafty Blues adapted after their Game #1 loss and now the ball is in Boston’s court. 985 The Sports Hub
  • At least the Bruins have had some success on the road, which is nice. (With video) NESN
  • Three observations from the Bruins’ overtime loss in Game #2 include noting how quiet the Bruins first line has become. Bruins Daily
  • Brad Marchand offered a frank self-assessment of his performance so far in the Final.
  • Take a seat for Game #3, Oskar Sundqvist, and feel shame for boarding Matt Grzelcyk. WEEI
  • The Bruins are again left in a “next man up” situation. What options are available? Patriot Ledger
  • Look back at nine key plays that show the progress of this series so far.
  • Two games in, what have the Blues and Bruins shown us so far? Where is the “perfection line?” The Fourth Period
  • Marcus Johansson left the Capitals two years before they ended their Stanley Cup drought. Now he’s playing for a cup of his own- and a contract. Washington Post
  • Thank goodness for Joakim Nordstrom and his linemates. Boston Herald

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • It has been an interesting time to be a fan in Boston. St. Louis fans would be well advised to carry umbrellas. Sports Illustrated
  • If “no comment” is sufficient for the Bruins and the NHL, then this is offered without comment as well. Deadspin