ST. LOUIS – So what’s that Enterprise company slogan, “We’ll pick you up?” The Blues desperately need the home crowd to heed those words in Monday night’s pivotal Game 4 at Enterprise Center.
The crowd, which had waited 49 years to witness a Cup Final, was raucous at the start of Game 3 Saturday night, energized by a pregame concert and further jacked up by a pregame highlight video (Aerosmith, really?) and an early St. Louis power play that sent the faithful into a frenzy.
They weren’t whipped up for long.
Tuukka Rask withstood a strong surge by the Blues on the man advantage and the Bruins found their skating legs, scoring three-first period goals and adding a fourth 41 seconds into the second (the last three goals in a three-minute span) to take a 4-0 lead that broke the spirit of St. Louis.
The biggest cheers were left for actress/Blues fan Jenna Fischer, who was shown on the scoreboard in the second period waving enthusiastically. After the 7-2 victory that lifted the Bruins to a 2-1 series lead, dejected Blues fans filed out, as if it was just another day at the office.
The Bruins have won five straight postseason games on the road, while the Blues have now lost six games at home in these playoffs. If that trend continues tonight, the Blues will have put the Bruins comfortably in the driver’s seat headed back to Boston.
10:30 a.m. – Blues morning skate, followed by media availability (Enterprise Center)
11:30 a.m. – Bruins morning skate, followed by media availability (Enterprise Center)
12:30 p.m. – NHL Draft prospect media availability (Enterprise Center)
7 p.m. – 2019 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 (NBC)
■ During Monday night’s Game 4, look for a special package of live stats and game updates plus commentary from Globe reporters and columnists on BostonGlobe.com’s homepage and sports page
■ The Globe will have five reporters/columnists, two photographers and an editor at the game.
The latest content about the Stanley Cup
■ Matt Porter on David Backes, who knew how to drown out the noise of his former team’s fans
■ Tara Sullivan on Jon Hamm, the former star of “Mad Men” and super Blues fan who is desperate to see the Bruins falter
■ Nicole Yang reports that Blues coach Craig Berube is unhappy with the officiating
■ Porter on Rask holding off Blues’ run-and-bump game
■ Coming soon: Dan Shaughnessy catches up with former Bruins coach and general manager Harry Sinden, who has some special memories of that 1970 Cup final against the Blues.
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