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Bruins 6, Blues 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 6, Blues 3
Boston Bruins 6, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Phil Kessel had two assists to extend his points streak to 18 games, and former University of Minnesota teammate Blake Wheeler had two first-period goals in the Boston Bruins' 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

Kessel's streak is Boston's longest since Adam Oates had a 20-gamer in 1997-98.

Michael Ryder had a goal and an assist in Boston's fifth straight victory. Shane Hnidy, Marc Savard and Vladimir Sobotka also scored, David Krejci had three first-period assists, and Manny Fernandez made 29 saves.

The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins are 19-3-1 in their last 23 games and 24-5-4 overall, their best 33-game start since the 1929-30 season.

Brad Winchester, Jay McClement and Yan Stastny scored for St. Louis, coming off a 5-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night that snapped a five-game losing streak.

Boston took a 3-2 lead in the first period.

Wheeler opened the scoring at 2:27, and made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal at 4:59. Winchester made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:18, and McClement scored on a short-handed breakaway with 3:09 left. Hnidy then gave the Bruins the lead again with a power-play goal with 2:16 to go.

The Blues tied it at 3 when Stastny knocked in Keith Tkachuk's centering feed at 2:46 of the second period, but Boston regained control on Ryder's power-play goal at 9:34 and Savard's tally at 16:57.

Chris Mason replaced Blues goalie Manny Legace after the second period. Legace, who beat Minnesota on Saturday, allowed five goals on 23 shots.

Sobotka scored with 4:11 left in the third.

Notes: The Bruins' victory was their first over the Blues since Jan. 30, 2001. The Blues won six straight previous meetings. ... Wheeler tied the Blues' Patrik Berglund for most goals by a rookie with 11. ... Bruins D Dennis Wideman returned to St. Louis for the first time since his trade to Boston two years ago. ... Blues F David Backes had a career-best four-game goal scoring streak snapped. ... Fernandez is 11-1-1 in his last 14 games. ... Blues D Tyson Strachan had his first NHL point.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:27
BOS
Blake Wheeler (10) ASST: David Krejci (22), Michael Ryder (12)
1 - 0 BOS
04:59
BOS
SHG - Blake Wheeler (11) ASST: David Krejci (23), Zdeno Chara (12)
2 - 0 BOS
06:18
STL
PPG - Brad Winchester (4) ASST: Jeff Woywitka (6), Roman Polak (6)
2 - 1 BOS
16:51
STL
SHG - Jay McClement (3) ASST: Mike Weaver (2)
2 - 2 Tie
17:44
BOS
PPG - Shane Hnidy (2) ASST: David Krejci (24), Phil Kessel (15)
3 - 2 BOS
2nd Period
02:46
STL
Yan Stastny (2) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (12), Tyson Strachan (1)
3 - 3 Tie
09:34
BOS
PPG - Michael Ryder (12) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (11), Zdeno Chara (13)
4 - 3 BOS
16:57
BOS
Marc Savard (11) ASST: Phil Kessel (16), Milan Lucic (14)
5 - 3 BOS
3rd Period
15:49
BOS
Vladimir Sobotka (1) ASST: Martin St Pierre (1)
6 - 3 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
04:40
BOS
Milan Lucic  Tripping against  Keith Tkachuk
06:21
BOS
Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
06:21
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
13:51
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Hooking against  David Krejci
15:59
STL
Roman Polak  Slashing against  Phil Kessel
2nd Period
08:46
STL
David Backes  Tripping against  Blake Wheeler
12:34
STL
Jay McClement  Tripping against  Chuck Kobasew
3rd Period
10:11
BOS
Matt Hunwick  Hooking against  Patrik Berglund
11:57
BOS
Manny Fernandez  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
SA: 32TOI: 59:41
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 1
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
9-6-1
SA: 23TOI: 40:00
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .783SH: 1 - 2
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 5TOI: 20:00
Saves: 4EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0