Snapshots: Bruins vs. Blues
In game news, notes and numbers.
Boston Bruins (14-6-1) vs. St. Louis Blues (14-3-3)
9:40 p.m. - Overtime Snapshots: FINAL (SO) BOS 2, STL 3
BRUINS FALL IN SHOOTOUT LOSS: The Bruins fell to the St. Louis Blues in a shootout when Alexander Steen and Derek Roy beat Tuukka Rask in their shootout attempts. The B's lone shootout scorer was Patrice Bergeron on the teams' first attempt. The Bruins are back in action this Saturday at TD Garden against the Carolina Hurricanes with puck drop set for 1PM.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action this Saturday at TD Garden against the Carolina Hurricanes with puck drop set for 1PM.
9:32 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 2, STL 2
B'S GET A MAN-ADVANTAGE: Blues blueliner Barret Jackman was called for interference at 8:56 into the third period sending the Black & Gold on the man-advantage for the first time this evening. The Bruins had solid scoring opporunitities toward the tail-end of the power play chance with Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg both firing shots from within within five feet of the net, but Halak came up big for the Blues, making both stops. Following the power play, the Bruins led the Blues in shots, 26-23.
BRUINS GO ON THE PK: The first penalty of the game was assessed in the third period and charged to Bruins blueliner Matt Bartkowski for holding at 18:06 into the first period. The Bruins fourth ranked power play coming into tonight showed why its among the tops in the league on the PK, and did a solid job of limiting the Blues time in the Boston zone. Tuukka Rask also came up with a couple huge saves on the St. Louis power play, stopping back-to-back chances on the doorstep.
8:45 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, STL 2
SODERBERG KNOTS IT UP: At 18:41 into the middle frame, the Bruins answered when Carl Soderberg beat Halak from the top of the slot with a snapshot for his third goal of the season. Soderberg was set up by Chris Kelly, who won a puck battle deep in the Blues zone before he kicked it to Reilly Smith below the left faceoff circle, who then found Soderberg. Smith earns the primary assist for his 11th of the season while Kelly is credited with the secondary helper for his fourth of the year.
BLUES GO UP 2-1: With 3:56 to go in the second period, the Blues took their first lead of the game when the puck deflected off of David Backes, who was camped in front of the net, past Tuukka Rask. That goal marks Backes ninth goal of they year while Kevin Shattenkirk gets his 14th assist of the season. The Shattenkirk assist marks his 100th at the NHL level.
7:39 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, STL 1
SOUPY SNAGS HIS FIRST, BLUES ANSWER: Not long after Gregory Campbell's scoring opportunity earlier in the period (see below), Campbell redeemed himself by connecting for his first goal of the year from the lower half of the right faceoff circle. The play was setup by slick tape-to-tape passes, which went from Dan Paille to Torey Krug, who ultimately found Campbell down low. The assists mark Paille's second assist of the season along with Krug who earns his his seventh helper. Not long after the B's goal, the Blues answered when Chris Stewart sent it a bouncing puck that seemed to have eyes as it found its way through the legs of B's goaltender Tuukka Rask. Earning the assists were Derek Roy (8) and Barret Jackman (3).
CAMPBELL'S OPPORTUNITY: The Bruins had another solid scoring opportunity in transition, with Dougie Hamilton leading the rush up ice with 5:30 to go. Hamilton, from the top of the faceoff circle, let a wrister go on net, with Gregory Campbell crashing hard through the seam. The Hamilton shot took a Bruins friendly bounce towards Campbell en route for the St. Louis net, which he was able to redirect on Halak, but was just barely stymied on the doorstep.
MARCHY GETS A CHANCE: With about twelve and a half minutes to go in the first period, Brad Marchand had the B's best chance of the frame when he scooped up a Patrice Bergeron turnaround shot from the hash marks. Marchand, from the doorstep, tried to backhand it past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak as he was skating across the front of the crease, but the St. Louis netminder had good position and was able to body the puck up and keep it out and the Bruins scoreless.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. STL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (12-5-1, 1.61 GAA, .946 Save %) vs. Halak (11-3-2, 2.38 GAA, .903 Save %). Rask is 1-0-1 with a 1.45 GAA and a .955 save % in two career games against St. Louis. Halak is 6-3-0 with a 1.86 GAA and .941 save % with two shutouts in nine career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS BLUES: The Bruins and Blues are meeting for the 126th time with the Bruins holding a 61-39-18-7 record and a 467-370 scoring advantage overall. The Black and Gold are 35-15-9-3 in 62 games in Boston with a 253-172 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins have taken points in their last five games against St. Louis at 3-0-2 with their last regulation loss coming on Dec. 22, 2007 in a 4-1 setback.
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. Tonight, the B’s will celebrate the Bruins of the 1970’s with legendary Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, who will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin the night’s tribute.
TUUKKA TIME: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask enters tonight second in the league in save percentage (.946) and third in goals against average (1.61). Rask, who is 6-1-1 in his last eight starts, has allowed one goal or fewer in 11 of his 18 appearances this season.
KEVAN MILLER RECALLED: B’s GM Peter Chiarelli announced yesterday that the team had recalled defenseman Kevan Miller from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis (American Hockey League). Miller has skated in 12 games with the Providence Bruins this season and has registered one goal and two assists with 30 penalty minutes. The blueliner has played the last three seasons (2010-2013) with the Providence Bruins, skating in 147 games, notching six goals and 37 assists. The 6’2’’, 210-pound native of Los Angeles, California was signed by Boston as a free agent on October 21, 2011. This is the first NHL recall for the 26-year-old.
177 AND COUNTING: Following last Thursday’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Bruins have sold out 177 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
BLUES NOTEBOOK: St. Louis is in game three of a three-game road stretch, which began on November 17 vs. Washington… The Blues are on the best 20-game start in franchise history with a 14-3-3 record… The Blues have scored at least three goals in their last four games and are 11-0-1 when they tally at least three goals in a game this season… St. Louis leads the NHL with a +23 goal differential… Winger Alexander Steen enters tonight tied for first in the NHL in goals with 17 and second in points with 26… T.J. Oshie and Jay Bouwmeester have each registered 15 assists thus far this season, which ranks first on the team. Bouwmeester also rides a five-game point streak heading into tonight, with 1-5=6 totals during that span.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 10-for-55 (18.2%, 18th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 58-for-67 (86.6%, T-4th NHL)… Blues power play: 19-for-74 (25.7%, 1st NHL), Blues penalty kill: 59-for-71 (83.1%, 13th NHL).