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At bedtime, the Blues check under their beds for Tuukka Rask

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2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three
A little metal music and a former Blues captain for the win (Tuukka Rask and David Backes)
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Blues host the Bruins for Stanley Cup Final, Game #4 tonight at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.

  • Note to the Blues- playing “Enter Sandman” by Metallica during warmups simply served to pump up Tuukka Rask. That and your team’s lack of discipline cost the game. StLToday (Remember the backplate from his 2016 World Championship mask? NESN)
  • When we left off, the Bruins had chased Jordan Binnington and laid a 7-2 loss on the Blues in St. Louis. ESPN
  • Welcome back, “Perfection Line!” The Hockey New
  • Do you find yourself wistfully missing “Bad Brad Marchand?” WEEI
  • Kirk Luedeke has been watching, and he offers his observations from the Final following what he saw as a statement game on Saturday. Scouting Post
  • The Bruins refuse, however, to get cocky over a one game lead in the series. MassLive
  • Boston also shrugged off the Blues’ efforts to rattle or intimidate them into doing something stupid.
  • Jack Edwards offered his Game #3 observations. He noted telling differences in each team’s morning skate, and highlighted one key moment early in the game. (Video, 5:31) Boston25News
  • Celebrate this Bruins team for being so very Boston. Andy Brickley came so close to winning a Cup with the Bruins, and understands what Charlie Coyle, Chris Wagner, and Matt Grzelcyk are feeling. The New York Times
  • All eyes are on one man on a mission- Tuukka Rask. Bonus- why it is a good thing that he didn’t see that now infamous off-the-netting goal from the Blue Jackets series. The Hockey News
  • Compare and contrast Patrice Bergeron to Ryan O’Reilly. ESPN
  • Bearing in mind that it IS Don Cherry, he praised the efforts of Zdeno Chara to shut down Vladimir Tarasenko.
  • Once again, the Next Man Up has been tapped. John Moore has answered the call. He did see playoff action with the Rangers in 2014. Sporting News
  • The Bruins’ power play has been a key to the series. Cues from their coach fine-tune their approach for each opponent. TSN
  • Bruce Cassidy opened up about why he doesn’t consider himself a big, bad Bruin. Bonus- insight into Connor “Cliffy Hockey” Clifton, and who it is in the room he no longer actively coaches. (Video, 1:42) @NBCSCameraGuys
  • The Boston’s calling card has been secondary scoring, and it is paying off in spades. It is especially helpful when top lines stymie each other.
  • So, how’re you liking the Marcus Johansson and Charlie Coyle acquisitions now? Boston Herald
  • From behind enemy lines, here is St. Louis’ brief to-do list for tonight. Puck Prose
  • How’s that media siege on the officiating working out for you, Craig Berube? There’s a reason your team has been racking up so many penalites (and a suspension, to boot.) Deadspin How about this response from @DaysOfY’Orr and subsequent BURN! @DaysOfY’Or
  • David Perron- Liability. Too bad the Blues don’t have enough depth to scratch him. Sorry, not sorry. Bleedin Blue
  • Here’s an odd take on the Bruins v. Blues matchup. @StanFischler The lads at Days of Y’Orr responded. @DaysOfY’Orr
  • Look back at the Bruins 2015 draft, but don’t scratch your heads- six of ten lads chosen have seen time on NHL ice, after all. Elite Prospects

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Morning Skate release includes apositive note on Rask’s road record. NHL
  • Peek behind the curtain at the U.S. Developemental Program, turning out the young hockey stars of tomorrow since 1997. NY Post
  • This year’s crop of youngsters represent 10 of 50 top North American prospects, having honed their skills against USHL and college teams while also representing the USA in international tournaments. The Courier
  • This summary of the NHL Combine incudes one burning question still haunting the top goalie prospect and the tale of one WHL player who only found out after his season ended that he had played through a broken wrist. NHL
  • Analytics will change how we watch NHL hockey, sooner rather than later. ZDNet
  • It pays to speak a foreign language. Finnish goaltenders are known to troll interviewers who clearly don’t speak Finnish. Those who do get to ask and get answers to wacky questions. (With video) Sportsnet
  • Too bad the Blues will have to forfeit the Stanley Cup. Tough break. NO, REALLY! The Onion