Tuukka Rask and Charlie McAvoy teamed up for a bonkers save to force Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final

  • The Boston Bruins entered Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals trailing 3-2 in the series and facing elimination.
  • Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy made an incredible save with the help of goalie Tuukka Rask to prevent the St. Louis Blues from tying things up in the 2nd period.
  • The Bruins defeated the Blues 5-1 to force a Game 7.
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The 5-1 score of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals on Sunday may seem like it was a lopsided outcome in a do or die game for the Boston Bruins, but it was far from it.

With their backs against the wall, the result could have been much different for the Bruins if not for an incredible play by defenseman Charlie McAvoy and goalie Tuukka Rask.

Trailing 1-0 in the 2nd period, the St. Louis Blues had an opportunity to tie things up.

Goalie Tuukka Rask made a save off a shot from Vince Dunn that rebounded out onto the ice and was picked up by Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo fired the puck at the net again. This time it hit the post before ricocheting off Rask's back and flying back towards the goal line.

The puck stayed up long enough for 21-year-old Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy to swat it out of the air and onto Rask's back. Rask kept the puck there until it fell to the side of the net and back into play.

In the heat of the moment, fans and commentators alike didn't know if the puck went in or how Rask managed to make an incredible behind-the-back save, but when the footage was slowed down in replay, it was clear that it was McAvoy who made the astonishing play with Rask's unknowing help.

"It happened so fast," McAvoy said. "I saw it go off the post and off [Rask's] back and kind of just ... it was a split-second reflex. I didn't know if it was going in or going wide. I just swatted at it. Just reflexes."

Rask, having his back to the net, needed to react based on what he could hear.

"I saw the replay after (when) I was doing an interview," Rask said postgame. "So it hit the post, and then it kind of was bouncing there. I think [McAvoy] hit it with his stick, and I kind of heard it. I didn't know where it was, and I figured it might be somewhere behind me, so I just tried to corral it with my hand behind my back, and then it stuck in my pants and then it fell somewhere. But I think [McAvoy] made a great play to keep it out of the net originally. It's never a good thing to be facing the play with your back, but luckily it stayed out."

The two teams will make their way back to Boston for Game 7 on Wednesday at TD Garden.

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Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A St. Louis Blues fan reacts as the Boston Bruins pull ahead during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. The Bruins won 5-1 to even the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, of Finland, makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, warms up before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 06: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins allows a second period goal to Ryan O'Reilly (not pictured) #90 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Five of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 06, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 09: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a first period goal by teammate Brad Marchand (not pictured) past Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Six of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 09, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. Also defending for the Blues is Jaden Schwartz (17). (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (Bruce Bennett/Pool via AP)
Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) celebrates after scoring against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins' Torey Krug (47) and St. Louis Blues' Robert Thomas (18) crash to the ice during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) rips the helmet off Boston Bruins' Torey Krug (47) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
St. Louis Blues' Robert Bortuzzo, reacts beside Boston Bruins' Charlie Coyle (13) after scoring a goal during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 03: Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his third period goal at 10:38 against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 03, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 01: Ivan Barbashev #49 (not pictured) of the St. Louis Blues scores a second period goal past Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 01, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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