The St. Louis Blues evened the 2019 Stanley Cup Final at two wins apiece after a Game 4 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, and Vladimir Tarasenko was crucial to the home team's triumph.
Tarasenko scored his third goal of the series in the first period, lifting the Blues to a 2-1 lead at the intermission. The Blues went on to win 4-2 at the Enterprise Center to set up a pivotal Game 5 back in Boston on Thursday night.
Tarasenko now has goals in three of the four games in this Cup Final, and he's tallied at least one point in nine of the Blues' last 10 matchups dating back to the start of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) June 4, 2019
The 27-year-old was all over the ice in Game 4. Not only did he score an imporant goal, he also led the Blues with six shots on net. He leads St. Louis with 18 shots through four games.
Tarasenko is one of the best goal scorers in the NHL. He paced the Blues with 33 goals in the regular season and has scored 30-plus goals in five consecutive years. The Bruins must do a much better job locating him on the ice and taking away his time and space with the puck. No one picked him up on his goal in the first period, and you just cannot give an elite player a free pass like that.
Injuries are starting to pile up for Bruins defensemen with Zdeno Chara exiting Game 4 early and Matt Grzelcyk in the concussion protocol. Someone needs to step up for the Bruins and help slow down Tarasenko, who's helping St. Louis win the even-strength battle with an 8-6 edge in 5-on-5 goals in the series.
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