Boston, MA– Going into St. Louis to take on the St. Louis Blues, the Boston Bruins were on a seven game winning streak and they were 9-1 in their previous ten games. However, the Blues were just as hot as Boston and the Bruins could simply not get it done. Though, they did hang tough and forced the game into a shootout.
Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in the game and Chris Wagner evened the score at 1-1 during the second period, but a goal by Sammy Blais in the shootout gave St. Louis the victory by a score of 2-1.
It was a tough loss, especially since it felt so within reach for the Bruins, but all the attention was on whether or not they would be able to effectively rebound from the defeat. It was a tall order because they were next going to face the San Jose Sharks, who have an even better record than the Blues, but last night, Boston held their own and crushed San Jose by a score of 4-1.
Jaroslav Halak performed exceptionally in goal by saving 19 shots and allowing just one goal, which came in the first period and was the first score of the game for either team. The Sharks would not score again.
Boston, however, brought the onslaught of scoring on the heels of goals from Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci (on a power play), and Brad Marchand (while shorthanded). The game definitely belonged to Marchand as he was unequivocally Boston's star. In addition to his twenty-fifth goal of the season to make the game 4-1, Marchand also recorded two assists on the goals from Krejci and McAvoy. Krejci added an assist of his own in the solid team victory.
The Bruins will be back in action again tomorrow night against the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, who have 100 points on the season, compared to Boston's second place 83 points and the third place 80 points from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston's record is currently 37-17-9 with 19 games to go.
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