Morning Free Association: January 11

David Backes’ night in St. Louis. In his return to St. Louis, he was the focus pregame and in the first TV timeout (which NESN was very classy in ignoring so that they could show the tribute and the reactions of both David and his wife Kelly. It’s clear they both meant a lot to the city and the team.

First:

Boston draws first blood when Frank Vatrano wrists one on a power play at 8:19.

At one point, Brandon Carlo introduced himself to Nail Yakupov. Noted Blues fans and Twitter-famous Tony X. took some footage on his phone.

At 15:20, Carlo scores a weird goal. He takes a shot, it rebounds off the dasher, and deflects off Allen’s left skate into the goal. It’s the least he could do after causing the Bruins to go on the penalty kill twice in the period, both penalties against Alexander Steen.

Adam McQuaid gets run into by Patrik Berglund and was down on the ice for a while. Later, the Bruins twitter account confirmed he would not return and he was being evaluated for an upper body injury.

At 17:52, Brad Marchand unleashed a shot that showed why he was deserving of an All-Star nod.

Bruins lead 3-0 after taking 11 shots on goal. The Blues had only 2 shots. It should probably be noted that the B’s blocked 6 shots.

Second:

Goaltender change for the Blues to start off the period as Carter Hutton took over for Jake Allen.

Having put some Chinese Mustard on it, Torey Krug scores a PPG after a cross-ice pass from Ryan Spooner at 1:31. With his assist on the Vatrano goal, and his own goal, Krug is only a fight away from a Gordie Howe Hat trick.

Colton Parayko ruins the shutout by scoring his first goal of the season at 3:57.

David Krejci tries for the puck flying in the air, Jori Lehtera shoves him into Joel Edmundson. Backes takes exception and starts fighting Edmundson. They both getting matching fighting penalties and Backes gets the instigator penalty, which is served by Anton Blidh, and a Misconduct.

Through two periods, the Bruins lead in shots 26-10 and in score, 4-1.

Third:

Uh oh. Colin Miller went down in the third just after the six-minute mark.

Kevan Miller hi-sticks Scottie Upshall and teh Bruins are on the penalty kill for two minutes. Patrik Berglund scores, making the score 4-2.

Lots of fun late in the period. Back and forth, back and forth, finally Blues empty the net. Bruins take many shots and have opportunities on net. Finally, Marchand backhands one which bounces off Alex Pietrangelo’s skate into the net.

Then, I thought the game was over and stopped paying attention. Some loud horn happened and I thought, “Yay, the Bruins won and I can do something else now.” Apparently, I wasn’t alone in thinking the game was over. Nope.

Kyle Brodziak wristed one, making the final score 5-3.

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