BOSTON — Everyone wondered how long it would take for the Boston Bruins to shake off the rust after 10 days of not playing prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The answer was 20 minutes.
Trailing 2-0 against the St. Louis Blues, the Bruins took over the game in the second period on their way to a 4-2 win in Game 1 of the Final. Game 2 will be Wednesday in Boston.
Sean Kuraly scored the game-winning goal at 5:23 of the third period as the Bruins won their eighth consecutive game of the postseason. They have outscored opponents 32-11 during the streak.
The Bruins scored twice in the second period while out-shooting the Blues 18-3.
Defenseman Charlie McAvoy’s power-play goal at 12:41 of the second period tied the game 2-2. Connor Clifton scored Boston’s first goal earlier in the period.
Brad Marchand added an empty-netter for the Bruins’ fourth unanswered goal.
The Blues claimed a 2-0 lead on goals by Brayden Schenn (at 7:23 of the first) and Vladimir Tarasenko (at 1:00 of the second).