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ST. LOUIS – Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 27 saves to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 and force a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2011.

The Bruins tightened up defensively to deny the Blues a chance to win their first Stanley Cup championship of their 52-year history at home.

With the best-of-seven series tied 3-3, the deciding game will be played Wednesday night in Boston, where the Blues have won two games in the series. In the last Game 7 played in

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