The Bruins took on one of the hottest teams in the NHL the St. Louis Blues tonight and it was a great game. The Bruins are coming off of a tough week where they were embaressed in two games then beat a so-so Carolina team who had been playing better recently. Both teams got off to good starts with back and forth action as both teams had chances. Tuukka Rask was by far the best player on the ice shutting down the Blues and making several impressive saves. In front of Tuukka the Bruins defense used layers of players to slow down the Blues top offensive line of Leherta Schwartz and Tarasenko. Even with a disallowed goal on Matt Fraser the Bruins still had enough offense to win 2-0.
In the first period the Bruins and Blues we're going back and forth offensively both getting quality chances but it was the Bruins who scored first. The Bruins struck first on a great defensive play by Matt Fraser as he forced Blues defenseman Ian Cole to make a no look backwards pass behind his own goal which would bounce right to Bergeron who would beat a diving Brian Elliott. The goal was Bergeron's fifth of the year and his ninth point in his last eight games. The Bruins were outshot 8-7 in the first period but we're with the Blues every step of the way.
The second period did not get off to such a good start once again the Bruins came out slow and sloppy allowing the Blues to have a three minute attacking zone advantage in the first five to seven minutes of the period. Fortunately for the Bruins Rask and the defense stepped up and did not allow the Blues to score during that early push. The Bruins battled back and would score 11:31 into the period to make it 2-0. The goal would come from Torey Krug his third of the year and was a result of the Bruins cycling the puck and winning key 1 on 1 battles to keep possession. The Bruins could have been up 3-0 going into the third but the would be goal by Matt Fraser was waived off because the ref said he made incidental contact with the goalie preventing him from making the save. Unfortunately this call is not reviewable right now in the rules and luckily it didn't cost the Bruins in this game.
The third Period was a little tough for the Bruins as defenseman Adam McQuaid left the game in the second period and did not return forcing the Bruins to go with only 5 defensemen. The Blues were on the attack trying to get back in the game but Rask was as strong as he's been all year frustrating the Blues all the way to the final buzzer. The Bruins didn't get much offense in the third while trying to protect the lead and that isn't a bad thing but only getting three shots off in any period leaves some room for improvement. The Bruins have struggled to put together a good consistent 60 minute offensive game recently so it would have been nice to see them try to get into some good habits rather then just go into a shell and wait it out.
The good news is that a win is a win and two points is two points even if we were outshot 33-17. With all of the injuries this team has right now and possibly losing McQuaid for some time points are at a premium. The bad news Kevin Miller still was unable to play and Brad Marchand was also held out of the game so hopefully both of them will be back intime for Friday's game. David Krejci was back tonight and looked good creating some scoring chances and his game will only improve as he gets more comfortable on the ice and trusts that he won't get hurt again. Overall a good win against a tough team and a good bounce back from last week. As always keep checking back here for all of your Boston sports news and updates till next time.