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St. Louis Blues beat Boston Bruins for first Stanley Cup Final win in team history

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Connor Grott
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (C) scored a goal in the first period against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (C) scored a goal in the first period against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

May 29 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden in Boston.

Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson scored the game-winning goal on a delayed penalty 3:51 into the extra period as St. Louis tied the series at one game apiece and earned its first Stanley Cup Final victory in franchise history.

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The Blues had lost their previous 13 games in the championship series, including Game 1 against the Bruins on Monday night. It was the first overtime game in a Stanley Cup Final since Game 2 in 2016.

"First game we weren't happy," Gunnarsson told reporters. "Tonight, we came out flying. I think we played a great game for 60 minutes. That's just the team we are."

The Bruins and Blues exchanged goals in the opening period before a defensive battle took place in the next two frames. St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo each scored in the first period.

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Boston forward Charlie Coyle opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the opening five minutes of the contest. Joakim Nordstrom recorded his third score of the postseason midway through the first to give the Bruins a temporary 2-1 lead.

Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington made 21 saves, and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots.

Game 3 is Saturday night in St. Louis. The series is tied 1-1.

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