On Wednesday night the Boston Bruins travelled to St. Louis to take on a Blues team that has been practically unbeatable at home. Prior to last night’s game, the Blues had posted an 18-0-3 record in their last 21 home games while the Bruins have been less than stellar in the month of February, posting a 3-6 record and being shut out in four of those losses.
The first period was a fun one to watch, full of scoring and a lot of physical play. Brad Marchand got the scoring started early for the Bruins on a great individual play. He intercepted a pass and then made a quick deke and walked in and scored on a quick snap shot that beat St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott high. About four minutes later Bruins forward Milan Lucic quickly made it 2-0 Boston when he deflected in a shot from defenseman Joe Corvo.
Everything looked to be going Boston’s way, but less than a minute later the Blues would score a quick goal on a Chris Stewart slap shot that would beat Tim Thomas. The momentum started to shift in St. Louis’ favor and Ryan Reaves would cash in on it as he tied the score at 2-2 with a quick snap shot that found the back of the net. Just like that it was a brand new hockey game. As the first period was winding down, Chris Kelly ended a 13-game scoreless streak by snapping a shot home and giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead with 40 seconds left in the first frame. The Bruins would head into the locker room at the end of one with a 3-2 lead.
That would be all the offense the Bruins would need as Thomas came up huge the rest of the game, stopping the next 27 shots he would see in the remainder of the game. The second period, which was kind of uneventful, saw no scoring or penalties called. As the second period came to an end the Bruins were still up by one goal and looking to give St. Louis its first regulation loss to an Eastern Conference team in 15 games this season.
The third period saw the Bruins’ most consistent line (Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin) connect on another goal. Seguin, who had received the puck from Bergeron, led Marchand with a great outlet pass and Marchand was off to the races. He streaked in and beat Elliott with a backhand goal to secure the win for the Bruins. The Bruins are now a plus-33 in scoring in the third period, which is the best in the NHL.
Thomas stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced to earn his 25th win of the season. The Bruins will be back in action Friday night when they face off against the Sabres in Buffalo.