The spotlight tonight was fixated on former Blue David Backes, who spent the first 10 seasons of his NHL career in Missouri and the last five as the captain of the Blues. The Bruins started the night off well and had carried most of the play. They capitalized on the powerplay with David Backes jamming in a rebound on a hard drive from Torey Krug. David Krejci collected the secondary assist on the Bruins powerplay tally. After the first period the Bruins had a 12-7 shot advantage and the 1-0 lead.
UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE BRUINS, THAT 1-0 LEAD WAS NOT TO LAST
The Blues began the 2nd period with a furious rally and scored a somewhat controversial goal. Dmitri Jaskin crossed in front of the Bruins crease and made significant contact with Rask’s glove right before the puck sailed over Rask’s glove side on a nifty deflection. Rask and Julien believed that the contact warranted a Coach’s Challenge. In the officials eyes, there was no interference with Rask. The Bruins were charged with their only timeout.
The Bruins faced some pressure by the Blues and took a penalty to put the Blues in the drivers seat on the powerplay. The Bruins were steadfast defensively. Dom Moore corralled a puck from Riley Nash and carried it up the left wing and absolutely labeled the shot top right for a shorthanded goal. It was Domenic Moore’s 5th goal of the season.
THE TD GARDEN FAITHFUL WERE HOPEFUL THAT THE BRUINS COULD MAINTAIN THE LEAD
The Bruins found themselves without captain Zdeno Chara and the D pairings were largely disturbed. Chara left the game after one shift in the 2nd and didn’t return to the Boston bench. Robert Bortuzzo buried a rebound to draw the Blues even. The Blues surging, Paul Stastny added another quick tally to put the Blues up 3-2.
The Bruins could tell that they were losing control of the game. The two teams exchanged surges and Jimmy Hayes came close to converting on the equalizing goal with roughly 1:00 remaining in the 2nd period. The Bruins continued to come on stromg, but the 2nd period came to a conclusion that didn’t fall in Boston’s favor.
THE BRUINS FACED AN UPHILL BATTLE GOING INTO THE 3RD
The play seemed to be mostly in their favor, but the Blues sat back and protected the net. The Bruins had no real high-quality chances until Beleskey forced a turnover late in the 3rd with roughly 5:00 left. David Krejci had a clean shot from just inside the hashmarks, but Jake Allen tracked the shot well. The Bruins continued to have a few “close but not cigar” moments with scoring chances as the period continued to dwindle to under 2:00 remaining in regulation.
The Bruins pulled the goalie with 1:47 remaining and the Lehtera scored an empty net goal, his 2nd of the night, to seal this one 4-2 for St. Louis. It’s two points down the drain that the Bruins had a chance to secure, but losing Zdeno Chara seriously hurt their defensive effort.
The Bruins are back in action on Thanksgiving night at 7:30 PM when they visit the Ottawa Senators. Happy Holidays everyone!