"So, Stanley Cup Final, Game 7, looking forward to it".
That calmed some nerves on the Bruins bench after a furious early surge by the Blues. On the verge of elimination Sunday, Rask showed out again, and was almost impossible to crack in a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.
He told ESPN he hasn't thought too much about the two coinciding events-him retiring and the Blues" Stanley Cup run-happening for together: "I don't know. "We'll say a few things, I'm sure our leadership will have a few things to say to the younger guys - everybody, really, and be ready to go". His only shot came midway through the third period, when he took a pass from linemate David Krejci inside the blue line, skated to the top of the right circle and fired the puck over the blocker of Blues goalie Jordan Binnington and into the upper corner of the net for a 3-0 Bruins lead.
If the Blues don't win Sunday, they'll still have a chance to win the series in Game 7 in Boston. 'We've been a good road team. For two periods, the Blues were the better team. "Now you're going home, the Stanley Cup's in the building, someone's winning it and you've got a lot of new friends all of a sudden".
It took another 28 saves from Tuukka Rask - the Conn Smythe favourite who has allowed four goals in five elimination games this spring - and a well-executed 5-on-3 power play in the first period that was finished off by a Brad Marchand snipe. Then we played Nashville back-to-back in Saturday-Sunday afternoon games and we won both games. Eight of those goals (seven power play and one shorthanded) have been scored by the Bruins.
Binnington saved 27 of 31 shots for the Blues, who owned the worst record in the National Hockey League on January 6 before Berube molded them into Western Conference champions.
Also, for the second straight game the Bruins failed to score a power-play goal, going 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.
Captain Zdeno Chara played a remarkable 16:42 in game five - with a broken jaw. "We've won twice up there in this series, so we're a confident group".
During a long break after the Eastern Conference finals, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy consulted with local teams about dealing with playoff circumstances.