Four games into the Stanley Cup Final and we've seen theBruinsandBluesearn splits in Boston and St. Louis, leaving the best-of-seven locked at two games apiece. Now, the series shifts back to Boston for a pivotal Game 5 on Thursday night that will see one team move to within one win of raising the Cup while the other will be pushed to the brink.
The series iscurrently trending in favor of the Blues, who are coming off an impressive 4-2 win on home ice in Game 4 -- their first Stanley Cup Final victory on home ice in franchise history. St. Louis got two goals from centerRyan O'Reillyin the win.
Meanwhile, the Bruins suffered a big blow in that Game 4 when captain and top-pairing defensemanZdeno Charatook a puck to the face, leaving him a bloody mess and forcing him to sit out the entire third period of the Bruins' loss. It's been reported that Chara suffered a broken jaw on the play, but he still may play on Thursday night. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Chara is a game-time decision.
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With the defense banged up, the Bruins will need to get more from the front end of their offense. Boston's top six forwards have a combined zero points at 5-on-5 in this series so far, as the Bruins' depth and power play has carried most of the offensive weight through four games.
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The Blues and Bruins went a whole 20 minutes without pushing the puck into the net to start Game 5, but St. Louis needed less than one minute to break the scoreless tie in the second, and Blues fans can largely thank Zach Sanford for that. Driving around the back of the net 55 seconds into the period, the 24-year-old forward weaved a beautiful backhanded pass through his legs to Ryan O'Reilly, who did the rest to work around Tuukka Rask and put St. Louis up 1-0.