The Bruins faced a strong Blues team in St. Louis last night after a the disappointing loss in Carolina. The Bruins have had a hit or miss power play this season, and they got a chance early to put it to the test. Frank Vatrano made no mistake when he wired a wrister past Jake Allen to put the Bruins up 1-0 8:19 into the 1st. It was a good change of pace for the Bruins to score first. Brandon Carlo took a shot from the point that deflected off of the boards and in. The puck bounced off of Allen, who had a rough go of it. Bruins led by two only 15:20 into the 1st – who would have thought? The Bruins weren’t done yet. David Pastrnak showed poise and patience when he held the puck on the boards. He saw Marchand over his shoulder and found him in stride. Marchand wired a beautiful wrister over the glove of Allen to put the Bruins up. The third Bruins strike came 17:52 into the first.
THE 2ND HAD TO HAVE SOME BLUES MOMENTUM, RIGHT?
Right. The Blues are a good team and showed that they wouldn’t take the game being forced down their throat. Krug extended the lead to 4-0 1:31 into the 1st, but the Blues picked it up. Parayko scored to make it 4-1 on the power play 3:57 into the 2nd and the Blues began to pick up momentum. Adam McQuaid went down after contact with Patrick Berglund, and it looks like it was a shoulder injury. He did not return in the game. David Backes responded to a weird play that led to Krejci being escorted down the tunnel for repairs. He tussled with Joel Edmundson and received an instigator penalty for his efforts, as well as a misconduct causing him to miss most the 3rd.
SHORTHANDED, THE BRUINS HAD TO HOLD DOWN THE FORT.
The Blues had the Bruins on their heels in the final stanza. Berglund scored yet another Blues PPG 10:14 into the 3rd to make it a two-goal lead for the Bruins. The Blues pressured and pushed the pace, but Brad Marchand deflected a pass off of a Blue’s skate for the empty-net goal, his 15th of the season. The Blues did tally another goal before the end of regulation when Brodziak beat Rask after a rough defensive zone giveaway.
The Bruins are back in action Thursday in the final leg of their road trip. They visit the Nashville Predators at 8:00 PM. Coverage is on NESN and on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub. We’ll see you then, Bruins fans.