Blues Won't Be Intimidated By Bruins – Or The Moment

The Blues are in the Stanley Cup for the first time in almost half a century and facing a team that has won seven straight games. Yeah? So?

Ferrall On The Bench
May 24, 2019 - 8:43 am
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The St. Louis Blues have reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in almost half a century, and they did it playing a tough, physical brand of hockey. 

“They’ve been able to grind teams down,” NHL.com Blues writer Lou Korac said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I’ve always said that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy in sport to win. To have to get 16 wins out of this, and in the fashion that these teams have to do it, can be excruciating at times. I just think the St. Louis Blues have gone about it the right way. They understand the style that they have to play, and this is the way they’ve had to do it. They grind down on your skill players, they feel like they can eventually wear you down and eventually win the series. 

“That’s how they’ve been able to do this so far,” Korac continued. "They did it to Winnipeg, they did it to Dallas, and now they’ve done it to San Jose. The city is abuzz right now being in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970, and they’re probably going to face their toughest opponent to this point.”

Korac said the Blues have adopted an “Us Against The World” mentality, which they’ll need against the Boston Bruins, who have a 34 percent hit rate on power plays.

“That’s insane,” Korac said. “Nobody’s had numbers like that since the 1981 New York Islanders. You’re going back a long way. They’ve got great players on that team and guys that are playing on the same page. The Blues do want to keep this game five-on-five.”

The Blues have won three straight games, while the Bruins have won seven in a row. They overcame a 2-1 deficit against Columbus, winning the final three games of the series, and then swept Carolina in the conference finals.

“I think it’s going to be a great series,” Korac said. “This is going to go six or seven games. I don’t care what anybody says. The Blues are not going to be afraid to go into that building. They’ve been a tremendous road team. They went into Winnipeg, which is as tough a place to play, and won all three games. They were 2-1 in Dallas and they were 2-1 in San Jose. This team actually thrives a little better on the road than they do on home ice. So going into the first two games in Boston, they’re not going to be intimidated going into that building. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go six or seven games, no doubt.”

Click below to listen to Korac’s interview in its entirety.