Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bruins get big lead early, hold on for win over Blues


Boston Bruins @ St. Louis Blues game recap video, on January 10, 2017.
Last night, Bruins forward David Backes came back to St. Louis for the first time and the Blues fans welcomed him back along with the Blues organization playing a nice video looking back at some moments from his time with the Blues. The Bruins managed to get a big lead early and hold on for a 5-3 win at the end over the Blues.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later, Bruins Brandon Carlo scored his 3rd goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 14th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

In the second period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 2nd goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead. Later, Blues Colton Parayko scored a power-play goal, cutting the Bruins lead to 4-1. Later, Bruins David Backes dropped the gloves with Blues Joel Edmundson, thinking he was the one who hurt Bruins David Krejci, and they had an ok fight.

In the third period, Blues Patrik Berglund scored a power-play goal, cutting the Bruins lead to 4-2. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 15th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, giving the Bruins a 5-2 lead. Late in the period, Blues Kyle Brodziak scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 5-3.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 14 saves on 17 shots. Rask is now 21-9-0-3 with a 1.97 GAA and a .926 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-17 and blocked shots 19-7. The Blues led the game with a 51% faceoff percentage and hits 24-20. The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Blues went 2-for-5.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 8 shots. Dominic Moore and Colin Miller led the Bruins with 3 hits each. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins forward Frank Vatrano
2) Bruins defenseman Torey Krug
3) Blues goalie Carter Hutton

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 22-17-5 with 49 points this season and are in 2nd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 5-3-2 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 13-7-5 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday, when they visit the Nashville Predators, at 8pm ET.

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