Blues wearing down Bruins in battle of attrition during Stanley Cup Final

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Published 5:15 p.m. ET June 5, 2019 | Updated 9:15 p.m. ET June 5, 2019

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SportsPulse: They can finally play Gloria at home. The St. Louis Blues tied the series at two and it looks like this thing could go seven.
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BOSTON (AP) — Twice the Boston Bruins have been forced to finish a Stanley Cup Final game down a defenseman. The St. Louis Blues won each time.

That’s not a coincidence.

Wearing out opponents and winning the war of attrition has been an ingredient of the Blues’ playoff success. They took advantage of injuries to San Jose’s Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl to move on to the final, and with Boston potentially without captain Zdeno Chara for Game 5 Thursday, St. Louis is now two victories away from lifting the Stanley Cup as the healthier team.

“We can see it throughout games and throughout series,” Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said Wednesday. “It’s tough minutes to play against our forward lines when they’re playing the way they can. You can see the momentum we create by our line changes in the offensive zone, we’re just using all four lines. If I was a defenseman, that would be tough to defend against.”

Chara did not go to…

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