BOSTON, Mass (AP/WWLP) – The St. Louis Blues are one win away from their first Stanley Cup championship.
Jordan Binnington stopped 39 shots, and Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron scored for St. Louis in a 2-1 victory over Boston for a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 6 is Sunday night in St. Louis.
The Bruins fell 4-2 in St. Louis on Monday and also suffered an injury on Captain Zdeno Chara. Chara suffered a broken jaw after getting a puck to the face in the second period.
FINAL SCORE: Bruins (1) vs. Blues (2)
Matt Grzelcyk, who suffered a concussion in Game 2, returned to practice Wednesday after missing the last two games in the Stanley Cup Final.
Both Chara and Matt Grzelcyk were game time decisions for Game 5.
There is a local tie to Springfield in this series and he’s in the booth or the St. Louis Blues.
Chris Kerber is in his 14th season as the Blues radio play-by-play announcer. Before joining the Blues, Kerber spent four seasons calling the action for the Springfield Falcons, now known as the Thunderbirds.
Kerber was in Springfield from 1996 to 1999.
He said he wouldn’t be calling games in the Stanley Cup if it weren’t for his time in western Massachusetts.
“It’s a special series it’s been a fun ride,” Kerber told 22News. “I’m not here without the opportunity given to me by the Falcons in Springfield so it’s a place that’s near and dear to my heart.”
Kerber said he still visits western Massachusetts every summer.