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Preview: Game 2 at Boston

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski


When: Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. CT
Watch: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM, NHL App

Boston leads best-of-seven series, 1-0

BOSTON - To a man, the Blues say they need to be a lot better in Game 2.

"We know what our best game looks like and we're confident we can win," Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly said. "We know the first one wasn't what we wanted, and we're going to respond and tie the series up. That's our plan and we're just going to keep taking it one at a time."

The Blues led 2-0 in Game 1 on Monday night thanks to goals from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, but the club got into penalty trouble and the Bruins were able to get back into it after that. A power-play goal by Charlie McAvoy tied the game and gave the Bruins all the momentum they would need en route to a 4-2 win.

"It takes a lot of guys out of the game and that burns up a lot of energy from other guys that are killing all the time," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of taking too many penalties. "It's too much. We've got to be better there. We've got to be more disciplined."

The Blues lost Game 1 in the Western Conference Final in San Jose and rallied back to win in six games, so the club is confident they can overcome Monday's loss.

"I go off the last series against San Jose," Berube said. "It wasn't our best game, we lost Game 1, but I thought Game 2 we were a lot better. I expect the same thing. I think we're going to get a much better game (Wednesday). We've got to be a lot more desperate in our game, especially throughout the whole game."

Video: Pietrangelo, Perron and Bozak before Game 2


Jordan Binnington
After a 4-2 loss in Game 1
"We held it to a tie game going into the third, and it wasn't the outcome we wanted. But it was good to feel it out, and we'll be back at 'em for Game 2."

Ryan O'Reilly
On bouncing back against the Bruins
"We're not worried. We know we have to come back. It's not going to be easy but we're confident in each other."

Bruce Cassidy
Bruins Head Coach after Game 1
"We weren't too happy with the way the game was going (in the first period). We weren't playing our game, and I think after the [Blues'] second goal, our guys, that kind of woke us up. We needed something good to happen and it did."

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Game 2 against Bruins


Binnington made 34 saves in Game 1, which is the second-highest save total by a rookie in the Stanley Cup Final in the last 31 years. Pittsburgh's Matt Murray ranks first with 37 saves in Game 2 in 2017… Schenn has a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists)… Tarasenko has points in seven straight games (four goals, five assists), which is tied for the third-longest in Blues' playoff history… Alexander Steen will tie Al MacInnis for fourth on the Blues' all-time list for playoff games played (82) in his next game.

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