In the latest rematch of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins once again came up short against the St. Louis Blues in a 4-2 loss at TD Garden. The severely shorthanded B’s continued to feel the absence of David Pastrnak, losing despite out-shooting the Blues 41-30.
The goals came early and often in this one. The Blues scored on their first shot of the game just 34 seconds in, off the stick of David Perron. Not to be outdone, Patrice Bergeron answered only 15 seconds later with his 20th goal of the season, assisted by Brad Marchand.
It appeared that the Blues had taken a 2-1 lead later in the first, when a Torey Krug shot bounced off Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton and into the net. But the B’s challenged the play for offside and won, as the replay review overturned the goal to keep it at 1-1. Late in the first period, Bruins newcomer and Billerica native Marc McLaughlin scored his second goal in five games to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead that they’d hold for nearly 20 minutes of game time.
The Blues regained control of the game late in the second period. Krug achieved redemption for the disallowed goal, as the former Bruin netted his ninth of the season on a Blues power play. Just 3:02 later, Vladimir Tarasenko turned on a shot and fired it past Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman to put St. Louis up 3-2. Tarasenko would score his second goal of the game and 28th on the season midway through the third period.
Swayman is now 3-4 in his last seven starts, with an .880 save percentage.
Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo exited the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. The B’s have also recently lost Hampus Lindholm and Matt Grzelcyk on the blue line as well.
Boston gets right back to it on Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.
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