The St. Louis Blues took a 3-2 lead in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final thanks to a 2-1 win at TD Garden in Thursday's Game 5 against the Bruins. Boston pulled within a goal with 6:28 to go when Jake DeBrusk scored on a slapshot after Torey Krug took the puck from Oskar Sundqvist as he tried to get the puck out of the Bruins zone. Cassidy also says that Chris Wagner, who has missed the first five games of the Stanley Cup Final with an injured forearm, could return if there is a Game 7. The Blues could claim their first Stanley Cup with a win.
Although Chara may not have been the same force physically and played about five fewer minutes than his postseason average (21:41), his presence gave the Bruins an emotional lift early in Game 5.
"What was being said was you missed an effing call is what was being said on the bench for obvious reasons". "We've played through certain situations and we have to play through this one".
Cassidy knows that which is why when I asked him on Friday if there was a danger in dwelling on it, he came to his senses and put things in the right perspective. There was a review on the (Auston) Matthews goal.
The pendulum swung the other way after Game 5, as Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy called the officiating a "black eye" for the sport following a wild game where a non-call on a trip resulted in the game-winning goal.
"It's behind us now, but it's tough", said Bruins forward Noel Acciari, who was flattened on what the Bruins thought was an illegal hit right before Perron's goal.
The Blues have now won two straight since suffering a 7-2 home loss in Game 3.
The game was not without its controversy, however, as the Blues' second (and eventual winning) goal from David Perron occurred at the end of a sequence when it appeared St. Louis was guilty of tripping. "We've put ourselves against the wall a lot this season". Through two periods, Chara played 12:10 and had four hits, two shots on goal and he blocked three shots. "You don't go into a game thinking you might get hurt".
Being a leader doesn't always involve making pregame speeches, but some might expect Chara or someone else to say something before they take the ice Sunday. Especially this time of year, when you see your captain doing that and playing through injuries like that, it's incredible to see. That's a guy I feel for. "But I don't think it's just a specific speech or just a player that has to do all the talking". He practiced on Saturday with a non-contact sweater, so chances are he's still out of the lineup for Game 6.