It appears the Bruins had plenty of motivation to send the Stanley Cup Final back to Boston on Sunday night.
Patrice Bergeron did his part with a rousing speech in the B's dressing room prior to Game 6 against the Blues. But St. Louis also offered some bulletin board material: The team reportedly rented out a bar in the city to host a Stanley Cup celebration, while the St. Louis Post-Dispatch even ran a headline for its subscribers congratulating the Blues for a championship they had yet to win.
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After the Bruins romped to a 5-1 win at Enterprise Center that assured there would be no Cup celebration in St. Louis on Sunday night, defenseman Torey Krug admitted he and his teammates didn't turn a blind eye to St. Louis' premature championship planning.
Torey Krug said Bruins were aware of accidental Blues Stanley Cup champions ad and letter. "It's been everywhere." pic.twitter.com/IGU6KdnwVL— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 10, 2019
Defenseman Charlie McAvoy wasn't as forthcoming as Krug when asked the same question, but his non-answer said it all.
The Bruins certainly skated like a team that wasn't ready to end its season, and now are 3-0 in elimination games this postseason after winning Games 6 and 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round.
Sunday's victory set up a winner-take-all Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday, as it's up to the Blues to save their city from eating (more) crow.