BOSTON -- There weren't many positives for the Boston Bruins to take from their 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, but Joakim Nordstrom's performance definitely was an encouraging sign for the B's.
The Bruins' fourth line again rose to the occasion, with Nordstrom scoring Boston's second goal of the first period just 40 seconds after Blues forward Robert Burtuzzo tied the score. Nordstrom displayed impressive skill on the goal by receiving the puck with his skate, kicking it to his stick and showing great patience before beating Blues goalie Jordan Binnington with a backhand shot.
The Swedish center, who won the Stanley Cup in 2015 with the Chicago Blackhawks, now has points in each of the first two games of the Cup Final, and his line has outplayed Boston's top trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak to this point.
Nordstrom didn't just make an impact offensively, he also was huge on the penalty kill, a unit that went 3-for-3 Wednesday night. B's defenseman Connor Clifton took a double-minor penalty for high sticking in the second period, giving the Blues a great chance to score the go-ahead goal with a four-minute power play.
St. Louis didn't score with the man advantage, and Nordstrom's three shot blocks, including two on booming shots from the point, played a huge part in that penalty kill success. Nordstrom received a well-deserved ovation from Bruins fans during and after the shift.
“He’s laying it all on the line for his teammates, for the entire city,” Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo said. “He’s out there, he’s working hard, he wants to accomplish the main goal of what we have in mind in winning. He’s sacrificing everything he can. A lot of respect for the way he blocks shots.”
The Bruins' depth has been a huge part of their success during this playoff run. The bottom-six forwards have played remarkably well, and that again was the case in Game 2 as Nordstrom and Charlie Coyle scored both of Boston's goals.
The B's have zero goals from their top two lines (excluding Brad Marchand's empty-netter Monday night) so far in this series, and if the team's role players like Nordstrom hadn't shown up, the Blues easily could be going back to St. Louis up 2-0.
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