After being one of the worst teams a couple years before, they were one of the best in 1981, as they finished with a then franchise best record of 451817 record which translated to 107 points and the second-best record in the League. 10 players reached at least 20 goals including Wayne Babych, future Hall of Famer Bernie Federko, and team captain Brian Sutter. They also had strong goal tending led by Mike Liut. As of the result, they would get rewarded as Red Berenson won the Jack Adams Award, Mike Liut finished a close second to Wayne Gretzky in the Hart Trophy voting, and earned the top spot on the NHL All-Star Team, Larry Patey finished third in the Frank J. Selke Trophy voting, and Blake Dunlop won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Their regular season success, however, did not transfer into the playoffs, as they were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the second round 24 after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round 32. The Blues would underachieve greatly the following year as they posted a 32408 but they beat the Winnipeg Jets 31 in the Norris Division Semi-Finals before dropping to the Chicago Black Hawks in the Norris Division 24.
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Advice: Do you want to bet on this series? Check ourIntertops reviewThe Blues were manhandled by the Bruins 7-2 in Game 3 at St. Louis, but they bounced back with what coach Craig Berube termed a "relentless" effort to earn the franchise's first-ever home win in the Cup Finals. "I think so far, each and every series, we've gotten better as the series was going on," forward David Perron said. "We have to have our foot on the gas from now on. ... Again, I think (Thursday) is another opportunity to be doing that. We're going to be looking to be the team that gets the next win." Although Boston could be without captain Zdeno Chara after the towering defenseman suffered a facial injury in Game 4, the team's confidence remains high heading back to TD Garden, having lost consecutive games only once in the playoffs. "It's good to be home," defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. "And we've already spoken as a group on where we are mentally and just really embracing this for what it is. I mean, it's a best-of-3 now for the Stanley Cup. What an opportunity, it's unbelievable."TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, TVAS LINE: Bruins -1.5ABOUT THE BLUES: Ryan O'Reilly broke out of a rut in a big way, ending an eight-game goal drought by scoring in the first minute before delivering the game-winning tally in the third period. Berube also lavished praise on the fourth line of Oskar Sundqvist, Alexander Steen and Ivan Barbashev, who each logged more than 17 minutes and were matched up against Boston's top line in Game 4. "I'll tell you what, Sundqvist's line was unreal," Berube said. "They did a great job against (Patrice) Bergeron all night. They were out there almost every shift against Bergeron's line. I thought they did a helluva job."
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The top line absolutely needed to get things going and play better in order to give the Bruins a chance, and Sunday's game was a step in the right direction heading into Game 7.
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Along with being outshot, the Blues were also outhit by the Bruins. Yet it seemed like St. Louis was the team dishing out more of the physicality, including a non-penalized high hit by Ivan Barbashev in the first period of Thursday's contest that seemed to set the tone for the Blues for the rest of the game.
Berube and Boston coach Bruce Cassidy have voiced their displeasure to the referees at various points, which is no surprise given this has been the postseason of officiating mishaps. Changes are very likely coming to video review and how the NHL handles these situations moving forward, but none of that will affect the Blues and Bruins on Sunday night, when the Stanley Cup could get wheeled onto the ice for a celebration or put on a plane back to Boston for Game 7.
It has gone every which way. Vegas was on the wrong end of an incorrect major penalty that contributed to losing Game 7 to San Jose in the first round; the Blues lost to the Sharks in overtime in Game 3 of the Western Conference final on a missed hand pass violation and St. Louis benefited from a stunning non-call on Tyler Bozak tripping Noel Acciari in Game 5 against Boston.
0:00 - 40 minutes are over, and the Blues lead by one.