Blues Fall 5-2 in Boston

The St. Louis Blues visited the Boston Bruins Thursday night. This was a back to back for Boston who lost to the Flyers 4-3 Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The Bruins also lost to the Montreal Canadiens at home on Monday night in overtime. This was the first of 2 meetings between these two clubs this season.

St. Louis was coming off of an overtime loss to the Islanders at Barclays center on Tuesday night and have had one day of rest. This game against the Bruins was the end of a 4 game road trip for the Blues. They were able to defeat the Dallas Stars (3-1), and the Washington Capitals (4-1). St. Louis also collected a much-needed point by taking the Islanders beyond regulation.

David Perron carried an NHL-leading 12 game point streak into this game having scored 6 goals and registered 9 assists for 15 points in that span.

Team Records

  • Blues: 20-20-5
  • Bruins: 26-16-5

Zach Sanford was injured against the Islanders when he was awkwardly sent into the boards. He was undergoing concussion protocol. The Blues would play 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. Blues healthy scratches were Mackenzie Macheachern and Jordan Nolan.

Forward Lines

  1. Kyrou, O’Reilly, Perron
  2. Schwartz, Schenn, Tarasenko
  3. Fabbri, Sundqvist, Maroon
  4. Barbashev, Blais

Defensive Pairings

  1. Edmundson, Pietrangelo
  2. Bouwmeester, Parayko
  3. Dunn, Bortuzzo
  4. Gunnarsson

Starting Goaltenders

STL – Jake Allen: (15-14-4, 3.01 GAA, .899 SP)

BOS – Tuukka Rask: (13-8-3, 2.44 GAA, .919 SP)

Goals Scored: Torey Krug, Ryan O’Reilly, Carl Gunnarsson, David Backes, Chris Wagner, Brad Marchand, Sean Kuraly

Game Summary

1st Period

Boston controlled the majority of the 1st period. Jake Allen was fantastic.

Joel Edmundson was high-sticked by David Pastrnak at 7:53. The Blues went on their first Power Play and failed to register a shot on goal.

The Blues were covered well by the Bruins and things weren’t happening offensively for St. Louis. The passing wasn’t as efficient as it had been the last few games. They also showed some sloppy play in the defensive zone when controlling the puck.

With 4:32 remaining, Jake Allen made a great save on David Pastrnak when the Bruins saw a 2 on 1 opportunity. Robert Bortuzzo made a key play laying down to block a passing lane shortly after, preventing a quality chance for Boston.

Patrick Maroon and Zdeno Chara then dropped the gloves. Chara clearly had some wind on Maroon. I would have liked to see Pat with more energy, but I just don’t think he had it in him.

Jake Allen then made multiple key saves to keep this a scoreless game. This was just a great period by Jake Allen saving all 13 shots that he faced.

Draws were an even 50/50. In my opinion, the Blues were chasing play, outhitting the Bruins 17 to 8. St. Louis definitely wasn’t playing the game they came to play, but the game that Boston was making them play.

Way too many turnovers. St. Louis gave the puck away 11 times in the 1st. The Blues had 9 shots on goal.

2nd Period

1:01 into the 2nd, Peter Cehlarik went to the box for tripping Ryan O’Reilly. The Blues went on their 2nd Power Play. The Blues set up well and looked for options, but Boston had good coverage and the Blues weren’t getting shots through to Rask. The Blues would not capitalize.

A Blues defensive error resulted in Torey Krug finding himself in the slot, all alone. He scored shortly after Boston killed off the Blues Power Play. Jake Allen didn’t have a chance.

52 seconds later, Ryan O’Reilly scored to tie the game up. Jordan Kyrou and David Perron both had assists on the play. The entire line was working hard on this play. O’Reilly grabbed his own rebound and put it past Rask. This increased David Perron’s point streak to 13 games.

Carl Gunnarsson then received a pass near the left circle from Jaden Schwartz. Carl one-timed it into the top right corner to give the Blues a one-goal lead.

Robert Bortuzzo was called for cross-checking David Backes at 14:03. Boston would see their first Power Play opportunity. Alex Pietrangelo saw a shorthanded opportunity but would not capitalize on Rask.

David Backes then tipped a Chara shot past Jake Allen with just 4 seconds left in the Bruins Power Play. David Krejci also received an assist on the play. This was like so many David Backes goals we’ve seen before.

Chris Wagner tripped Jaden Schwartz at 16:40 and went to the box. The Blues would not capitalize on this man advantage. They were then called for too many men on the ice making it 4 on 4.

Boston then saw 1:31 of Power Play time but would not score.

Shots were 20-21 in favor of Boston to close out the 2nd period. The Bruins were winning 59% of the faceoffs. St. Louis was playing much better 5 on 5.

3rd Period

Just under 6 minutes in, Vladimir Tarasenko put a shot on goal which was blocked by the left pad of Tuukka Rask. The puck ended up coming back the other way as Chris Wagner saw himself a breakaway and finished to make it 3-2 Bruins.

Charlie McAvoy went for the wrap around, and there was loose change for Brad Marchand who scored at 13:12 to put the Bruins up 4-2. Patrice Bergeron was also credited with an assist on the goal.

Bergeron was able to set up Marchand for another good look but he hit the pipe.

St. Louis then pulled Jake Allen for the extra attacker with about 3 minutes remaining in the game.

Sean Kuraly scored the empty netter to make it 5-2 Bruins.

The Blues played a good 2nd period. Jake Allen kept them in it in the 1st.

Bruins were opportunistic when St. Louis made mistakes. The Blues turned the puck over 25 times.

St. Louis earns 5 of 8 possible points on this road trip. They’ll have a day of rest and then play the Ottawa Senators at home on Saturday night. Then, it’s back on the road for the Blues playing Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus, Florida, and Tampa Bay.


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