Boston Bruins forward Sean Kuraly will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
In his latest entry, Kuraly discusses the Bruins' 7-2 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on Wednesday and the 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series it provided. Kuraly scored his second goal of the Final, with 10 seconds left in the first period to make it 3-0. The goal was reviewed for offside but was confirmed as a good goal. He also talked about the Bruins power play, which scored four goals in the win.
I think we played our game for the most part tonight. We want to play hard, but play with pace, play fast. It was a fun game. I think we were focused today, guys were dialed in. We were focused, but we weren't tight. Guys were ready to play.
It's just one game. We got the first one, they got the second one and we got this one. Now the goal is to get the next one. I think they are going to come back, like they did in Game 2.
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The start of the game wasn't how you draw it up. We took that penalty right away and were under pressure for the first few minutes. It was a fun atmosphere, you could definitely hear the crowd even before the game. You have that energy in the building and both teams get to play for it. Even when you are up a few goals in a game, you are never for sure that you are going to win. In the playoffs, the momentum changes so fast.
I'm telling you, until that empty-net goal near the end, you didn't feel like you won the game. It's the way playoffs are. It's good to learn that. You have to keep playing and we did keep playing. That's a credit to us, a credit to our older guys who just stuck to it and we just followed suit like we have all year. I think every line contributed, every defenseman and Tuukka Rask has been phenomenal.
Our power play was really good and really important tonight. There is so much talent out there on the power play and they mix that talent with some gritty, hard-nosed play. They are so competitive. They get upset when it doesn't work. I should be taking notes to learn how one day, if I want to do it, coach a power play because those guys are so special. I've never seen a power play like that.
Video: BOS@STL, Gm3: Kuraly beats Binnington with quick shot
Things have been going well for me personally. You never think you are going to play in the NHL, you never think you are going to score a goal. You just show up every game, work as hard as you can, and it goes your way sometimes, and when it does, it's awesome.
The goals, they don't compare to the wins at this time of the year. That's the exact truth. It's awesome that you can help your team, but there is just one goal that we are all going for; that's really everyone's focus. The awesome thing about scoring those goals is you get a little bit closer to that ultimate goal.
I just wanted to get my shot through the defenseman and then get it on net. I always tell the guys, they need to take a closeup when I shoot, and it is likely my eyes are probably closed. I don't care, it went in the back of the net. It's a big stage and you never know what is going to go in, so just get it on net.
During the review I was pretty nervous. I already had one goal called back in Columbus earlier in the playoffs. I looked at it on the scoreboard and then just put my head down and prayed. I saw it and I thought Joakim Nordstrom was onside and I was OK about it. When they go to review, that's not a good feeling. You never know what they are seeing, if they have a different angle, if they know some rule you don't know, so you just put your head down, pray to a higher power that it stands and your team gets to keep the goal.