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Boston at St. Louis

Bruins stop Blues' home streak at 21

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Tim Thomas took a relaxed attitude toward a start that was looking dicey.

He wound up making 27 consecutive saves after giving up two early goals, and the Boston Bruins ended the St. Louis Blues' team-record point streak at 21 home games with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night.

"There are two ways you can go in that situation," Thomas said. "You can either start trying harder or you can relax. Today, I decided to relax and that turned out to be the right move."

Brad Marchand scored twice and Thomas finished with 30 saves for Boston.

"That's just who Timmy is, that's the way he does things," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. "He puts a lot of pressure on himself to make the big save and tonight he did that."

Despite the victory, the Bruins are still 8-9-1 in their past 18.

Chris Stewart and Ryan Reaves scored for the Blues on the first five shots of the game, but Thomas stopped the next 27 shots to give the Blues their first regulation loss to an Eastern Conference team in 15 games this season.

St. Louis, 26-4-4 at home, last lost at home in regulation in a 5-2 decision to Chicago on Dec. 3.

Marchand and Lucic scored in the first period to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Marchand pushed the lead to 4-2 midway through the third period with his 21st goal of the season.

"This was a big win for us after being shut out in the last game," Marchand said. "With a couple of losses in a row, we wanted to make sure we followed up with a good game."

Chris Kelly, who assisted on Lucic's goal, broke a 13-game scoreless drought with his 15th goal of the season, tying a career high and putting the Bruins up 3-2 lead with 40 seconds left in the first period.

"I thought we played really well [the] whole second period," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We just couldn't get that goal even when we had all the play in their zone."

Thomas and the Blues' Brian Elliott gave up a combined five goals on 16 shots in the first period.

"I just think we needed to be better all around," Elliott said. "Myself included. We need to be mad about this a little bit and learn from it."

Elliott, who entered the game with a league-leading 1.56 goals-against average, fell to 20-7-2 and lost for the second successive game after a five-game winning streak.

Notes

  • Referee Ian Walsh left the game early in the second period after suffering a cut that required medical attention. He returned 5:13 later.
  • The Blues will open a six-game road trip Thursday night in Nashville.
  • Coach Ken Hitchcock is winless (0-11-6-1) in his past 18 games in Nashville.
  • Elliott made his fourth successive start, tying a season high.
  • The Bruins were making their first trip to St. Louis since Nov. 23, 2009.
  • Boston has a league-best plus-33 scoring advantage in the third period.
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Brad Marchand scores one of his two goals on the night for the Bruins and has 21 for the season.  (AP)
Brad Marchand scores one of his two goals on the night for the Bruins and has 21 for the season. (AP)

Scoreboard
Boston  (36-20-2) «3014
St. Louis (36-17-7)2002
Three Stars
B. Marchand
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Lucic
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Stewart
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:29 - Brad Marchand (20), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
06:19 - Milan Lucic (21), Tip-In. Assist: Corvo, Kelly
07:17 - Chris Stewart (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Porter, Arnott
12:15 - Ryan Reaves (2), Tip-In. Assist: Crombeen, Shattenkirk
19:20 - Chris Kelly (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lucic, Boychuk
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
09:14 - Brad Marchand (21), Backhand Shot. Assist: Seguin, Bergeron
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:38Crombeen, 5 min, Fighting
02:38McQuaid, 5 min, Fighting
14:00Chara, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
19:25Backes, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
BOS64919
STL1014832
 
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