Bruins come back vs. Blues, but fall in overtime
|02.06.14 at 10:47 pm ET|
The Bruins came back to steal a point Thursday in St. Louis, but suffered a 3-2 overtime loss without Zdeno Chara.
T.J. Oshie jammed a puck that had deflected off the boards past Tuukka Rask during the extra session, leaving the B’s with their first overtime loss of the season.
Alexander Steen got the Blues on the board at 15:48 of the first period with a slapshot that beat Tuukka Rask stick side, with Jaden Schwartz scoring on a wrist shot from the left circle at 3:32 to make it a two-goal game.
The Bruins appeared to be headed for a loss against one of the tougher teams in the league until goals from David Krejci and Brad Marchand 2:08 apart from one another tied the game in the third period. The game was the second straight in which the Blues had blown a third-period lead.
The Bruins will host the Senators Saturday in their final game before the Olympic break.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Jarome Iginla came an Alex Pietrangelo stick away from ending it earlier in overtime, as he had the puck on his stick at the post with half the net empty, but Pietrangelo was able to get his stick on the puck to deflect when Iginla tried putting it in.
– The Bruins were already missing their best two defenseman, so they didn’t need their own seasoned veteran missing four minutes for reacting to a clean hit. That’s what happened late in the second period when Boychuk went after T.J. Oshie after the Blues forward crushed Torey Krug with a clean hit. Boychuk was given a double-minor for roughing, while Oshie got a minor, which left the B’s shorthanded for the last two minutes of the period.
Krug would end up going after Oshie in the third period, with both players going off for roughing.
– The officials missed a high stick from Maxim Lapierre to the face of Loui Eriksson in the first period, and there wasn’t a stoppage of play until Steen’s goal. Eriksson was bleeding pretty heavily from the mouth, so the B’s were cost both a four-minute power play and a goal.
That wasn’t the only flub by the officials Thursday night, as a premature whistle on a puck that Halak hadn’t tied up yielded a rebound that easily could have been buried for a goal in the second period.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Marchand’s goal was the Patrice Bergeron line’s first goal in five games. The line had been on a statistical tear in January but had cooled off over the Bruins’ four-game home stand from Jan. 28 to Tuesday.
– Though it didn’t bring the B’s any goals as he took Chara’s spot in front on the power play, Milan Lucic provided a good net-front presence to tie up Barrett Jackman and screen Jaroslav Halak on Krejci’s goal. Lucic also had a scoring chance in the final seconds of regulation but was denied by Halak with a kick save.
– With an assist on Krejci’s goal, Iginla now has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) over his last seven games.