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.
In his latest entry, Kuraly discusses the Bruins' 4-2 loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on Monday that tied the best-of-7 series, focusing on the facial injury defenseman Zdeno Chara sustained when he was struck by a puck in the second period, an unexpected shorthanded goal by defenseman Brandon Carlo in the second that tied the game at 2-2 and what comes next for the Bruins as they prepare for Game 5 at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The Blues pushed back in Game 4 and played well. That's their recipe, so that is how it went down tonight.
I think it is fair to say that it has gotten more and more physical as each game goes by. Tonight was their push because they had their lives mostly on the line. If it goes the other way, that's a tough hill to climb down 3-1 in the series. It just came down to the third period and they were a little more invested.
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When Zdeno Chara left the game, that hurt. It hurts any time somebody goes out at this time of year, but he was on the bench in the third period supporting us, cheering, keeping us going. It's a tough break, but you have to move on. That's why this is so hard to win because of the tough breaks that happen. You have to move forward and keep going and that is what we have to do.
I think it is tough for Zee to speak right now, that was the biggest thing. He didn't have to say a word, he was there for us, supporting us anyway. That's the type of player, the type of leader he is and why he has had the success he has had during his career.
We felt pretty good when it was 2-2 in the second period. That shorthanded goal by Brandon Carlo was huge. We wanted to push back too and not just keel over and die. That was a huge play, a huge play by Brad Marchand and by Patrice Bergeron and then the rebound over to Carlo and we are right in the game in the third period.
That goal took some of the momentum away from them and that has been what we have been doing throughout these playoffs, staying around in games. You give yourself a chance to be one shot away and know that anything can happen if you play hard, play the right way, believe in each other, believe in your teammates and keep going, hoping it goes your way. It stinks when it doesn't.
It's hard to have any perspective now, right after the game, because it hurts and it stinks to lose.
Now we are tied up, a best-of-3 series and we have home ice. We'll sleep this one off and we'll wake up with a little better feeling about it tomorrow and even better the next day and then we have the game and we'll keep going.
These things don't feel good when they don't go your way, but that is the name of the game in the playoffs.
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