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The Latest: Blues grab 3-2 lead in Game 4 of Cup Final

June 4, 2019
The puck hits the goal post and bounces away from the net as St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) closes in and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, and David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, defend during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (Bruce Bennett/Pool via AP)
The puck hits the goal post and bounces away from the net as St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) closes in and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, and David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, defend during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (Bruce Bennett/Pool via AP)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Boston and St. Louis (all times local):

9: 40 p.m.

The St. Louis Blues have taken a 3-2 lead over the Boston Bruins with 9:22 left in the third period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Ryan O’Reilly scored his second goal of the game after not scoring for the past eight games. He cleaned up the loose puck after Tuukka Rask couldn’t hold on to Alex Pietrangelo’s slap shot.

All five goals have come on rebounds off Task and Blues goalie Jordan Binnington.

Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

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9 p.m.

The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues are tied at 2 after two periods of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

After a masterful sequence where they hemmed the Bruins in their own end and drew a penalty, the Blues allowed a shorthanded goal to Brandon Carlo. He became the 20th Boston player to score in the playoffs.

It was the fourth shorthanded goal St. Louis has allowed this postseason while scoring only 13 power-play goals.

Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

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8:30 p.m.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has left Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a puck to the face from short range off the stick of St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn early in the second period.

Chara turned the puck over, and moments later, Schenn’s shot caught him in the mouth. The 6-foot-9 defenseman went down in pain and blood was all over the ice.

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8:05 p.m

The St. Louis Blues lead the Boston Bruins 2-1 after the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on goals by Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko.

St. Louis is 6-2 in the playoffs when leading at the first intermission. The Blues have outshot the Bruins 13-9.

Tarasenko’s goal was his fifth in six games.

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8 p.m.

The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have traded goals again in the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

After Charlie Coyle scored for the third consecutive game to tie the score 13:14 into the first on a bad Jordan Binnington rebound, Vladimir Tarasenko responded in kind by knocking in a bad Tuukka Rask rebound to put the Blues up 2-1 just 2:16 later.

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7:27 p.m.

The St. Louis Blues got off to a red-hot start in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Ryan O’Reilly scored on a wraparound 43 seconds in off Vince Dunn’s initial shot to put the Blues up 1-0 on the Boston Bruins. The goal was O’Reilly’s fourth of the playoffs and fired up an already juiced crowd.

Dunn was playing his first game in almost three weeks after taking a puck to the face.

Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

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5:05 p.m.

Projected first overall pick Jack Hughes and a handful of other top NHL prospects visited the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins at their morning skates before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Hughes, potential first-round picks Bowen Byram, Dylan Cozens, Kirby Dach and Alex Turcotte got a chance to rub elbows with players vying for the Stanley Cup. The NHL always brings some prospects from the scouting combine to the final to give them a taste of the big stage they hope to reach.

For Hughes, it was an extension of his experience playing for the U.S. at the world hockey championships and sitting next to three-time Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane in the dressing room. Hughes says he bugged Kane plenty about what it’s like to play in the NHL.

When Blues players came off the ice, Hughes twirled Ryan O’Reilly’s stick in his hands and held it up to see what was different about it.

Hughes and the other prospects walked into the arena with Blues players, who were coming off their bus from the hotel they stay in at home during the playoffs.

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2:45 p.m.

It made all the sense in the world when John Moore went to the interview room Saturday to talk before his Stanley Cup Final debut the morning of Game 3. He was in demand.

Moore is a third-pairing defenseman who played just over 13 minutes and had no points in the Boston Bruins’ 7-2 rout of the St. Louis Blues. Yet there he was back at the podium Monday morning along with first-line center Patrice Bergeron.

Superstitious much? The Bruins seem to be — even if it wasn’t Moore’s call.

Because the Bruins won Game 3, Bergeron called it some good public relations and hopes it leads to another victory in Game 4 that would put the Bruins one win away from the Stanley Cup.

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2:20 p.m.

Vince Dunn is expected to return to the St. Louis Blues’ lineup Monday for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins after missing almost three weeks with facial injuries and a likely concussion.

Dunn has missed six games since taking a puck to the face on a shot from San Jose’s Brenden Dillon in Game 3 of the Western Conference final on May 15. He still has wires in his mouth and says it feels like he’s wearing a mouth guard at all times.

The 22-year-old defenseman is a key part of the Blues’ breakouts to get the puck up the ice and generate offense. He has two goals and five assists in 16 playoff games.

Dunn replaces Robert Bortuzzo, and Oskar Sundqvist’s return following a one-game suspension knocks Robby Fabbri out of the Blues’ lineup. Coach Craig Berube is moving up Zach Sanford, who played 9:15 in Game 3 on Saturday in his first action since April 14, to the second line with Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron as part of a forward shake-up.

Boston is expected to go with the same lineup from its 7-2 Game 3 victory.

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