Game Report: Blues 4, Bruins 2

On a night when the Blues faced former captain David Backes for the first time, it was the Blues current centers who provided the firepower needed to knock off the Bruins Tuesday night in Boston.

Jori Lehtera scored the first and last goals of the game and Paul Stastny and Robert Bortuzzo also scored during a three-goal second period which carried the Blues to their fourth consecutive win, their longest winning streak of the season.

Goalie Jake Allen stole the show with a sensational performance, making 17 of his 39 saves in the third period. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Allen did not allow a goal in the third period.

It was Backes who started the scoring at 7:44 of the first period on a power play following a Nail Yakupov holding the stick minor penalty.

Allen made the initial save on a Torey Krug shot but Backes buried a second chance opportunity despite his stick breaking in the process. It was his fourth goal of the season.

The Bruins continued to pelt the Blues with offensive pressure in the first period but Allen stood tall, stopping 11 shots and keeping it a one=goal lead for the Bruins.

The Blues evened the score at one at 3:23 of the second period with a dirty goal in front of the net by an unlikely source in Lehtera.

After Vladimir Tarasenko slid a pass to Colton Parayko at the point, Parayko fired a shot that deflected off Lehtera and past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for Lehtera’s second goal of the season.

Boston challenged the play for goaltender interference but the goal was ruled legal citing incidental contact between Lehtera and Rask that was initiated outside of the crease.

The goal provided the Blues a major spark as St. Louis dictated the play and were rewarded with their second power play of the game at 8:20 following a Krejci tripping minor.

The momentum shifted again following a ill-timed pass just inside the offensive zone by Lehtera which created a partial breakaway for Dominic Moore following a pass by Riley Nash.

Moore fired a shot high which deflected off of Lehtera’s stick, as Lehtera was contesting the shot, and over Allen’s right shoulder to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 8:59.

The goal did not diminish the Blues’ resolve as another unlikely source evened the score again for St. Louis exactly five minutes later. Bortuzzo’s scored his first goal of the season on a nice backhander following a rebound of a Patrik Berglund shot turned aside by Rask.

Just over two minutes later, the Blues took their first lead of the game following a relentless shift by Stastny and Jaden Schwartz.

A strong forecheck by Stastny popped a bouncing puck out to Schwartz’s stick and he was able to take a weak shot low off of Rask’s leg pad and to the stick of Stastny who buried the puck from a sharp angle with 3:49 remaining in the second.

Strong goaltending from Allen again bailed out the Blues late in the period as the Bruins were unable to even the score despite a late fury in the last minute.

Allen remained the story in the third period making critical save and save robbing the Bruins on multiple occasions including several late saves.

The Bruins pulled Rask for the extra attacker with a minute and a half remaining in regulation while having offensive pressure and Allen immediately robbed Ryan Spooner on a rebound after getting across his crease for the save.

Just seconds later, the Blues were able to create an odd-man rush with Perron feeding Lehtera for an empty net goal with only 1:16 remaining. Berglund also assisted on the goal to complete the 4-2 win.

Of Note: The Blues snapped a four-game losing streak on the road. The Blues have a 3-5-1 record away from Scottrade Center while having an impressive 8-1-2 home record in their first 20 games of the season…Backes’ goal was the 20,000th goal in the history of the Bruins franchise…Lehtera (2g), Berglund (2a) and Parayko (2a) all had multi-point games for the Blues… Nail Yakupov replaced Ty Rattie in the lineup and had a team-low 9:17 of ice-time but he did contribute an assist and had a plus-2 rating… Alexander Steen (upper-body) did not travel with the team and is not expected to return to the lineup until Saturday at home against Minnesota at the earliest.

Between the Pipes:
Allen earned the number one star of the game with 39 saves in his best performance of the season. Rask allowed three goals on 27 shots as his record fell to 11-3-0.

Looking Ahead:
The Blues travel to Washington, D.C. to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals on Wednesday night.