The Boston Bruins have not been happy with what the St. Louis Blues have been allowed to get away with in the Stanley Cup Final thus far but on Sunday night the St. Louis Blues made it very easy for the National Hockey League's officiating crew to do their job in the opening minutes of Game 6.
The Bruins put themselves in an early hole when veteran Bruins forward Sean Kuraly got a little too enthusiastic on a clearing attempt and earned himself a delay of game penalty, sending the puck over the glass. The Bruins however managed to kill off the Blues power play and it was not long before the Blues put themselves in a hole of their own.
This time it was veteran Blues forward Brayden Schenn that put his team at a disadvantage when he delivered a rather ugly looking hit to Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom. Nordstrom and Schenn were in a race for the puck along the boards and with Nordstrom getting there first Schenn decided he would take the body instead of the puck. Unfortunately for Schenn Nordstrom had his back turned to the hit and Schenn instead drilled him right between the numbers, and right in plain view of the NHL officials no less.
It was an easy call for the officiating crew and Schenn was sent off to the box to serve his punishment, and it was one that would end up costing his team. On the ensuing penalty kill Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly was called for a penalty of his own after he cleared the puck over the glass, earning him a delay of game minor. That double minor would cost the Blues as the Bruins would find the back of the net on the ensuing 5 on 3, with Bruins forward David Pastrnak setting up Bruins forward Brad Marchand who had been very quiet in this series up until that moment.