Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to earn his first
shutout of the season and backstop the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 win over the St.
Louis Blues at TD Garden.
Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug had the goals for the Bruins, who have won six
in a row at home and snapped the Blues’ six-game win streak in Boston.
Brian Elliott stopped 15-of-17 shots for St. Louis, which lost for just the
second time in its last 12 games. The Blues had scored 14 goals while winning
their last three games.
Bergeron opened the scoring at 5:45 of the first period. Elliott stopped the
puck behind his net for defenseman Ian Cole, who tried to reverse it away from
a forechecking Matt Fraser. Bergeron picked off Cole’s pass at the bottom of
the right circle and fired the puck into an open net.
The Blues had two first-period power plays, but mustered only one shot.
Krug made it 2-0 when he gathered Matt Bartkowski’s cross-ice pass, moved
in from the left point to the top of the faceoff circle and scored on a wrist
shot at 11:31 of the second period.
Boston appeared to go up 3-0 with nine seconds left in the second, but the
goal was wiped out because Fraser made contact with Elliott.
A hooking penalty on forward Paul Stastny with 2:01 remaining in the game
hindered the Blues’ comeback bid. They had pulled Elliott with more than three
minutes to play.
The Bruins beat the Blues at home for the first time since Jan. 30, 2001 …
Rask registered his 24th career shutout … Center David Krejci returned to
the Boston lineup after missing four games with an undisclosed injury, while
Bruins left wing Brad Marchand sat out Tuesday’s game because of an
undisclosed injury … St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk, a former Boston
University defenseman, played in his 300th career NHL game … The Blues
opened a four-game road trip.