The Boston Bruins earned their first multigoal comeback win in the Stanley Cup Final since entering the NHL in 1924 when they rallied from two goals down to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in Game 1 at TD Garden on Monday.
The multigoal comeback victory was the 28th for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but none of the first 27 had come in the Cup Final. It was the 39th multigoal comeback victory in Cup Final history and first since the Los Angeles Kings rallied to defeat the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the 2014 Final.
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It was the sixth multigoal comeback win in the 2019 playoffs after a season when there were an NHL-record 138 such victories.
The Bruins scored four straight goals after falling behind 2-0 early in the second period to become the first team since the 2012 Kings to win eight consecutive games. It's the third-longest playoff winning streak in Bruins history. They won 10 in a row in 1970 and nine straight games two years later, taking home the Stanley Cup each time. Boston has outscored its opponents 32-11 during the streak, which began when it defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.
Bruins continue playoff mastery of Blues
Boston is 9-0 in the playoffs against St. Louis. The Bruins became the third team in NHL history to win each of its first nine or more playoff games against one opponent. The Edmonton Oilers won 16 in a row against the Winnipeg Jets from 1983-88 and the Montreal Canadiens won 12 straight against the Blues from 1968-77.
Since the Cup Final went to a best-of-7 format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has won the Cup 77.2 percent of the time (61 of 79 series).
Boston is 37-17 when winning the opener in a best-of-7 series. St. Louis is 6-24 when trailing 1-0, although one of those six series victories came after it lost Game 1 of the Western Conference Final to the San Jose Sharks.
St. Louis is 0-13 in Cup Final games. The last five losses have come against the Bruins, who swept the Blues in 1970.
Kuraly steps up again for Boston
Sean Kuraly scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins at 5:21 of the third period. He also was the hero in Boston's last multigoal playoff comeback win when he scored the tying goal and the winner in double overtime against the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference First Round. It was his 11th NHL game and third in the playoffs.
Video: STL@BOS, Gm1: Kuraly, Rask break down Game 1 win
Kuraly also had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the 2019 first round. Including the regular season, nine of his 21 NHL goals have either tied the game (three) or stood as the game-winner (six). One of them came in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on Jan. 1.
Rask keeps rolling for Bruins
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 18 saves and extended his winning streak to eight games, matching the longest such run by any goalie during the past 10 years (Jonathan Quick of the Kings in 2012 and Dwayne Roloson of the Tampa Bay Lightning each won eight in a row). Rask's streak is the second-longest by a Bruins goalie. Gerry Cheevers won 10 straight games in 1970 (including four against the Blues in the Cup Final).
Video: STL@BOS, Gm1: Rask denies Blues in final seconds
Boston defensemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy each scored in the second period after the Blues took a 2-0 lead. It's the fifth time in Bruins history that multiple defensemen scored a goal in the same Stanley Cup Final game.
Boston forward Brad Marchand scored his sixth goal in the Stanley Cup Final. He trails Bobby Orr (eight), Johnny Bucyk (eight) and Wayne Cashman (seven) for the most in Bruins history.
Binnington's performance not enough for Blues
Jordan Binnington made 34 saves, 16 in the second period, to match the second-highest single-game total by a rookie goalie in the Final in the past 31 years. Binnington equaled Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes, who made 34 saves Game 1 of the 2006 Cup Final but fell three short of tying Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who made 37 saves in Game 2 in 2017.
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the second period to extend his point streak to seven games (nine points; four goals, five assists), tying him for the third-longest in team history. The record is nine set by Tony Currie in 1981.