BOOM. Bruins win.

The Bruins won in St. Louis tonight.

It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. It was a game of defense, it was a game of offense. It was a contest of hope. It was a contest of despair. We had a win before us. We had a loss before us. It was an excellent game, it was a terrible game.

wreath
OK, enough from you, Dickens!

There were a few milestones: Ken Hitchcock coached his 1400th game. Claude Julien coached his 700th for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron notched his 30th goal, for the third 30-goal season of his career. The Bruins scored their first powerplay goal against the Blues since 2009. There was a lot going on.

But, don’t let the milestones fool you: It was ugly.

It started off as a solid game for both teams, lots of hard-earned opportunities in both directions.

Jaden Schwartz scored on a 2-on-1 after some not-so-great defense.

dumb question
What is a Jaden?

John-Michael Liles made a beauty of a pass to Loui Eriksson, who bested Elliott.

David Krejci banged in a Matt Beleskey rebound to take the lead.

The Blues tied the game on a Paul Stastny goal at 5:39, but the Bruins dominated the second period.

On an offensive zone faceoff, Krejci dished the puck to Beleskey, who wound up and beat Elliott, glove side.

At 15:27, Lee Stempniak passed from Elliott’s right to Frank Vatrano in the slot. Vatrano lit the lamp.
not the rat

frankie

A sweet goal celly followed.

With 1:16 to go in the second, David Krejci scored from the top of the right circle. Notice the expert screening by Loui Eriksson. This goal doesn’t happen without him.

not bad

After 40 minutes, the score was 5-2.

Then the third period came, and the wheels fell off. It started off okay, or so it seemed: the Bruins had chased Elliott out of the crease, and were now facing Jake Allen.

St. Louis never tied the game in the third, but it was downright scary: two Blues goals happened simply because the Bruins made some appalling defensive gaffes.

The lone highlights from the third period, in my humble opinion:

There were all sorts of penalties for both teams throughout the entire game, as well as an injury to Kevan Miller and David Pastrnak (who luckily returned).

David Krejci and Loui Eriksson both had a great game. Liles was pretty good, except for his puck handling error that led to a Blues goal. Tuukka Rask wasn’t terrible but should have been better.

Bruins win, 6-5.

NUMBERS

The following players had a multiple point game:

TEAM#PLAYERGAP
BOS46David Krejci224
BOS21Loui Eriksson112
BOS39Matt Beleskey112
BOS26John-Michael Liles022
BOS47Torey Krug022
STL26Paul Stastny112
STL36Troy Brouwer022
STL42David Backes022

Top ice time:
BOS – Chara: 28:32
BOS – Liles: 26:12
BOS – Eriksson: 21:29
BOS – Krejci: 20:32
BOS – Bergeron: 20:13
STL – Shattenkirk: 24:46
STL – Pietrangelo: 24:49
STL – Brouwer: 21:20
STL – Stastny: 20:45
STL – Steen: 20:29

recap

The Bruins barely scraped by tonight, after looking convincingly better after two periods. Two hard earned points.

batspolsion
walter explosion
reynolds explosion
runnnnn

Definitely more Batman & Robin than Burt Reynolds in this case, Bruins.

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