The Wraparound is your daily look at the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’ll break down each day’s matchups with the all-important television and live streaming information included.
The St. Louis Blues won’t be in an ideal spot when Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final begins tonight (8 p.m. ET; NBC; live stream) but they can make it a better situation by the end of the night. The Blues are currently down 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final with a game on home ice coming up. Can they get themselves back into this series after their embarrassing 7-2 defeat on home ice in Game 3?
“Any time you lose, I think the emotions are so high in every playoff game,” Blues forward Brayden Schenn said, per NHL.com. “When you don’t get the result you want, you come to the rink the next day or you have a sleep that night and you have that bitter feeling where you feel whether you let it slip away or you didn’t get the result you wanted.
“You’re angry for a day. But coming to the rink today down 2-1, we knew it was going to be a tight series, a long series. Like [Tarasenko] said, we flip the page, worrying about tomorrow getting a win and that’s all that really matters.”
The good news, is that the Blues usually seem to bounce back after losses. They’ve made a habit of making key adjustments heading into games following defeats. Those experiences should make them feel confident heading into the Game 4. But on the flip side, they probably haven’t faced a team as deep as the Bruins during this playoff run.
The scary part of this equation, is that the Bruins finally started getting production from David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Those three had been quiet in the first two games of the series, but they combined to score five points in Game 3.
The Blues also have to clean up the amount of penalties they take or this series will be over in a hurry. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power play in the first two games of the series and they went four-for-four on Saturday night. Giving Boston that many opportunities on the man-advantage is a bad idea.
“At this stage of the game, there’s no manufacturing of desperation,” defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said. “You want to go in with that hunger every night.
“At this point, we know how hard wins are to come by. It’s an absolute grind. You pour everything into it every night. It’s not hard to find desperation at this point.”
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