St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.
Parayko had one shot on goal, six shot attempts and played 26:19 in St. Louis' 2-1 win in Game 5 at TD Garden on Thursday. The Blues lead the best-of-7 Cup Final 3-2 and can win the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 51-season history in Game 6 at St. Louis on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
In Parayko's eighth entry, he talks about the importance of goalie Jordan Binnington in the Blues' Game 5 win and being one victory away from winning the Stanley Cup.
Jordan Binnington stole the game for us.
That's what Stanley Cup Playoff hockey is all about, winning games different ways. Everybody has stepped up in this series and in the playoffs overall and you saw it again Thursday with Binnington making 38 saves.
That was a big win for us and we're looking forward to Game 6 now just knowing we put ourselves in this position to win the Stanley Cup. We just want to continue to give ourselves the best chance to get one more win.
We know we have a lot of work that still needs to be done, but the best part is we get to go home up 3-2 in the series and that's huge.
The key will be to remained focus. We know it's going to be the hardest game of the series.
We have to make sure we're prepared for that and we understand that and we're looking forward to getting that done.
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We knew the Bruins were going to come out hard Thursday, especially with Zdeno Chara playing after he was hit in in the face with a puck in Game 4. It was loud in there and electric standing on the blue line when they announced he was in the Bruins starting lineup.
Chara has been with the Bruins for a long time and he's been a big part of their success. The people of Boston really appreciate him and that's cool to see. The respect that he gets here is crazy in a good way. That was great to see from a player standpoint even though we're the opponent.
The Bruins came at us all game and Binnington played well back there. We tried to keep them to the outside as much as possible, but the Bruins made some good plays. When they got through, Binnington made the big saves.
We played a lot against the Bruins' top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak again. Playing with Jay Bouwmeester, he's such a smart player and such a dominant player that he makes the game easier for me.
He skates so well and makes the right plays all the time. He's so sound defensively and that's huge.
It's a group effort playing against that line. We get credit, but it's a full group effort. The forwards and defensemen, we all get it done.