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Stanley Cup Final Live Blog Game 6: Blues vs. Bruins

Sights, sounds from Enterprise Center, where Boston forced Game 7 with 5-1 win

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Welcome to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. NHL.com Editor-in-Chief Bill Price is inside Enterprise Center to chronicle the sights and sounds from the Bruins' 5-1 victory on Sunday.

 

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10:57 p.m. ET

That's it from St. Louis, where the Bruins win Game 6 of the Cup Final 5-1.

It means they will not play "Gloria" tonight, rather "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," as we are headed to a Game 7 at TD Garden on Wednesday.

It will be the first Game 7 of a Cup Final played in Boston, and the first Game 7 of a Cup Final since the Bruins won in Vancouver in 2011.

Give the Bruins credit. They tuned out the noise and the pressure of needing to win and, with the help of Rask, shut down the Blues in the biggest hockey game ever played in St. Louis.

Now it's up to the Blues to rebound if they want to win the Cup. The good news for St. Louis, they are 2-1 in Boston in the Final and 9-3 on the road in this year's playoffs. But the Bruins, after a bitter Game 5 loss, get the home-ice back and are going home for a winner-take-all game.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Kuhlman buries first playoff goal

 

10:45 p.m. ET

The Bruins have seemingly put this one away with a goal from David Pastrnak at 14:06. Pastrnak took a pass in front, made a move and lifted the puck over Binnington's pads.

The Blues had seem to get some life back with the O'Reilly goal at 12:01 of the third that made it 3-1, but Pastrnak's goal seems to have put any chance of a Blues comeback to bed.

We have about four minutes left here and it certainly looks like we are going to a Game 7.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Pastrnak buries Marchand's silky dish

 

10:26 p.m. ET

The Blues have some life, scoring with 7:59 to go to make it a 3-1 game. The goal was awarded after a video review. 

The goal, scored by Ryan O'Reilly, has given this place some much-needed life, but you wonder if it's too little, too late for St. Louis.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: O'Reilly scores to tie club record

 

10:22 p.m. ET

The Bruins go ahead 2-0 at 2:31 of the second period after a Brando Carlo shot from the point bounced awkwardly past Jordan Binnington. It appeared the Blues goalie was screened, or the puck got deflected, but in either case, it has completely taken the starch out of this arena.

The Blues fans are trying to rally behind their team, with a few "Let's Go Blues" chants breaking out, but the fans are getting antsy, with a few yelling "play to win."

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Carlo tallies on bouncing puck

 

10 p.m. ET

We are through two periods and it's 1-0 Bruins. The Blues need to get on the board in the final 20 minutes of regulation or we are going back to Boston for a Game 7 on Wednesday.

Blues forward David Perron has been in the middle of everything tonight, hitting anyone and anything in black and gold. But the Bruins, despite giving St. Louis four power players, are doing what they need to do to protect the lead, blocking 12 shots. A big reason the Bruins lead, of course, is goalie Tuukka Rask, who has 19 saves.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington also has 19 saves, though he hasn't been as tested nearly as much as Rask. Still he made a big save on David Pastrnak, who was open on the right side of the goal with 1.5 seconds left in the period. A goal there would have been a killer for the Blues.

Buckle up for what should be a tense 20 minutes. The Blues are 2-1 in Boston in the Final, but you get the sense their chance to win the Cup is the third period, not a Game 7.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Binnington denies Pastrnak late in 2nd

 

9:50 p.m. ET

Special teams are becoming the storyline of this game, with the Bruins scoring the only goal to this point on a 5-on-3 while the Blues are 0-for-4 on the power play.

Their latest came at 13:43 after Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy tripped Vladimir Tarasenko, but once again, the Blues failed to get one past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

With 4:17 left in the period, the Blues are outshooting Boston 19-15, but trail 1-0.

As a sign of things getting tense in here, before the penalty, the fans tried to get a "Let's Go Blues" chant going, and though there was one, it certainly wasn't as loud and long as the "Let's Go Blues chant in the first period.

We have yet to see a return of the Snackwards Cam we saw on the big board in Game 1. That was the one where they showed backwards footage of fans eating snacks during the game. But Jon Hamm just made his first appearance on the board. But if the Blues want to avoid a Game 7 in Boston, they need to get on the board.

 

9:40 p.m. ET

The Blues fail to score on their second power play, but certainly put the pressure on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who has 18 saves with 8:50 left in the second.

The Blues went on the power play when Brad Marchand took a tripping penalty against Alex Pietrangelo the offensive zone at 9:11.

St. Louis did have some chances to score, including a mad scramble in front where Rask didn't appear to know where the puck was, but the Bruins killed it off.

The Blues had been carrying the play in the period when Marchand took the penalty, with the Bruins having issues sustaining any offensive attack.

But Rask has been sharp and it's 1-0 with 8:45 left in the second.

By the way, if you want to get a 50/50 ticket you better hurry. The pot is $343,000. Not bad.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: McAvoy helps out Rask down low

 

9:25 p.m. ET

We're through the first five minutes of the second period and it's still 1-0 Bruins.

Boston's Danton Heinen had the best chance for Boston in the opening five minutes, but lost control of the puck on a partial breakaway.

St. Louis' Pat Maroon appeared to have a golden opportunity in front of Tuukka Rask at the 2:37 mark, but a pass from behind the net jumped over his stick.

This after the Blues failed to score on the 21 seconds of power-play time they had to open the second period.

As we get deeper into the game, the tension in the building seems to build a little bit more, but with the Cup in the building and the Blues one win from winning it, what do you expect?

Tweet from @NHLGIFs: Great pass from McAvoy, great stick lift from Pietrangelo. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/DYgqtTLWat

 

9:03 p.m. ET

The first period is in the books, and the Bruins have a 1-0 lead on Brad Marchand's power-play goal at 8:40 of the first period.

The Blues were on the power play at the end of the first period after Zdeno Chara was called for interference at 18:21, but other than a wide-open slap shot from Colton Parayko that Tuukka Rask was able to cover, the Blues didn't threaten to score on the man-advantage.

They have 21 seconds remaining on the power play to start the second.

The Bruins showed in the first period they are willing to do whatever they need to do to win, blocking eight shots. They also weathered an early storm. Remember, they have been here before, trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in the first round before winning Game 6 in Toronto and Game 7 at home.

The pregame buzz in this building has been tempered a bit, but it's still a one-goal game.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Rask robs Schenn early with pad

 

8:55 p.m. ET

The Bruins have certainly picked up their game since the Marchand goal, peppering Binnington, but he has stood tall. The Blues were a bit back on their heels after the Marchand goal, but picked their game back up later in the period.

Defenseman Colton Parayko took a shot from the point that goalie Tuukka Rask didn't see, but was able to stop, and then David Perron had a clear shot from the slot that Rask was able to smother with 5:00 left in the period.

Not only have the Bruins survived the early part of the game, they lead 1-0 with 5:00 left.

Blues super fan, actress Jenna Fischer from "The Office" is here again, as is Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

I'm sure Jon Hamm is here too for what could be a historic night in St. Louis.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Hull, Federko, Plager pump fans up

 

8:40 p.m. ET

The Bruins have taken some steam out of this building. They cashed in on a 5-on-3 on a gorgeous goal from Brad Marchand to take a 1-0 lead at 8:40. The goal came 11 seconds after Ryan O'Reilly took a delay of game penalty.

The Bruins got their first power play at 7:17 when Brayden Schenn was called for boarding against Joakim Nordstrom. O'Reilly nearly scored on a breakaway in the first seconds of the penalty kill, but Rask was able to shut him down.  

The Blues were able to kill off the remaining time on O'Reilly's penalty, but the Bruins lead 1-0 with 9:39 left in the first period.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Marchand goes top shelf for PPG

 

8:30 p.m. ET

The Blues get the first power play at 2:42 when Sean Kuraly takes a delay of game penalty and though they put a tremendous amount of pressure on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the Blues could not cash in.

As if this series couldn't get any nastier, the Blues showed a video of the Blues office dog Barclay chewing on a Bruins jersey. That's not nice.

The Blues also showed a video of former St. Louis Cardinals infielder David Freese, the hero of this city's last championship, which came via the Cardinals in 2011.

 

8:25 p.m. ET

And we're off.

As expected, Charles Glenn got the crowd wound up with a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." We're sure Todd Angilly is hoping he gets one more chance to belt out the anthem at TD Garden on Wednesday.

But to do so the Bruins need to win this game to force a Game 7.

After scoring seven goals in Game 3, the Bruins have been held to three goals on 62 shots in the past two games. Clearly, they need to find a way to get the puck past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington if they are going to keep this series going.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Charles Glenn sings final anthem

 

8 p.m. ET

As they have done during this Final, the Blues took the ice to "Can't Stop" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and left warmups to Pearl Jam's "Rearview Mirror."

Though there was an overflow crowd outside, the arena bowl was practically full about 30 minutes before puck drop. Certainly not a late-arriving crowd.

We're sure the national anthem by Charles Glenn will be an emotional one. The longtime anthem singer for the Blues is retiring after this season, so this will be his last anthem before a Blues game no matter what happens.

As for lineup news, forward Robert Thomas, out since Game 1 with an undisclosed injury, is back for the Blues in place of the suspended Ivan Barbashev.

As for the Bruins, after going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Game 5, they are back to the tradition 12 forwards and six defensemen. Forward Karson Kuhlman, who has been a healthy scratch the past 12 games, is in, with former Blues captain David Backes out for the second straight game.

We'll be back right after puck drop.

Video: Bruins arrive at Enterprise Center before Game 6

 

7:45 p.m. ET

We are wondering up here in the press box just how many times they will play "Gloria" should the Blues win this game. When the Blues won Game 6 of the Western Conference Final to reach the Cup Final, Shawn P. Roarke estimated the Laura Branigan '80s hit that has become the Blues victory song played for at least 90 minutes in the arena. I think they may let it play all night if the Blues capture the Cup.

Speaking of "Gloria," I wonder if teams will try to copy the Blues, er, blueprint and look for their own '80s song to use next season.

Tweet from @NHL: Will Alex Pietrangelo hoist the #StanleyCup tonight, or will Zdeno Chara and the @NHLBruins force Game 7?📺Game 6 at 8:00 ET on @NHLonNBCSports and @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/aZ5LGU8zsf

If you use the same criteria the Blues used -- mediocre-at-best song from that wonderful decade of music, and one with a woman's name as the only word in the title -- we have some candidates, many coming from our resident '80s music expert, Tracey Myers.

Here is a list of the best of the suggestions, with a scouting report on each:

"Carrie" by Europe -- Would work better as a pregame song, especially with the lyrics "when lights go down."

"Rosanna" by Toto -- I think the Weezer cover of "Africa" has filled our Toto needs for the next 100 years.

"Rio" by Duran Duran -- This song may actually be too good to qualify here.

"Elvira" by The Oak Ridge Boys -- Imagine a whole arena singing the "giddy up oom poppa omm poppa mow mow" part. "Country Roads" could be in danger of being replaced.

"867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone -- This has the best intro of all the candidates, but there is some debate as to whether this fits the title criteria because of the phone number.

"Amanda" by Boston -- If a team wants to never win a Cup, it should adopt this one.

"Sara" by Starship -- This could be a worse song than "We Built This City." It's close.

"Venus" by Bananarama -- The idea for this entry came to me when this played on my phone during my flight here. And like "Gloria," it's an updated version of a song recorded by another artist, in this case The Shocking Blue. All things considered, this could be our winner.

I'm sure we missed a few, but there you go. Bananarama is up for grabs.

The question is: Will they play "Gloria" tonight in St. Louis, and for how long?

We're closing in on puck drop, and this place this already nuts.

Video: Blues fan Jenna Fischer on team's chance at Cup

 

Update: The Blues announced there is no more room at the watch party. Not surprised by how crowded it was an hour or so ago.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: The designated watch party area on Market Street has reached capacity. If you are still planning to join us downtown this evening, please be aware that you may not be able to access this area. #stlblues #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/KRqedPPYna

 

7:15 p.m. ET

If you ask anyone around this town, they will tell you the Stanley Cup Final ends tonight. From the folks working at our hotel to the staffers in the arena, there is an air of optimism in St. Louis with the Blues one win from their first Stanley Cup championship. On my way into the rink this morning, I heard one of the arena security people tell someone, "I'm getting ready to witness history tonight."

Clearly, they don't believe in jinxes in this town.

There's one thing I can guarantee: If the Blues win this game, there will be a party of epic proportions tonight, and no one in this city will go to work tomorrow. How do I know? Because there were an estimated 80,000 people at the watch party about a block away from the arena two hours before puck drop and thousands more on line looking to get in.

Even though it was a steamy 86 degrees outside, fans had their Blues jerseys on.

It's a much different feeling from a week ago, when the Blues were trailing 2-1 heading into Game 4.

But that is how these series work, the emotions and momentum swinging with each game.

It should be a wild night, and I'm sure the Bruins are planning to spoil the party and throw one of their own with Game 7, if necessary, scheduled for Wednesday.

We are about an hour away from puck drop, and these fans can't wait.

Video: Blues arrive home at Enterprise Center before Game 6

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