Big, bad Bruins are back, force Cup Final Game 7 vs. Blues

Published 11:36 p.m. ET June 9, 2019 | Updated 12:22 a.m. ET June 10, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Punch, counterpunch, Game 7.

Just when it looked like the Boston Bruins were down and out, they remembered they can throw their weight around, too. Boston showed it can play St. Louis’ physical style of hockey and then some, and the Stanley Cup Final is tied at 3-3 with Boston headed home for Game 7 on Wednesday night.

How these two bruising teams will sort that out is anyone’s guess, but the Bruins seem to be all done being bullied by the Blues.

“We can play a skill game and a physical game,” goal-scorer Brad Marchand said. “It’s a big part of our game and allows us to get some momentum, create some opportunities, so we try to feed off that.”

In the wild pendulum swing this series has become, the Blues entered Game 6 with all the momentum. They had worn down the Bruins, solved their penalty-killing woes and shut down Boston’s talent.

This time, it was the Bruins who wore down the Blues to the point coach Bruce Cassidy wondered if St. Louis players were fatigued. Inspired by Patrice Bergeron to not let this run end, the Bruins were better at keeping pucks alive and…

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