The Boston Bruins made history Tuesday night, but that still wasn’t enough to top the St. Louis Blues.
The B’s got out to an early lead thanks to their 20,000th goal in team history, but the Blues responded with a big second period and went on to win 4-2 at TD Garden.
Here’s how it all went down.
Only two teams in NHL history can say they’ve scored 20,000 goals, and the Bruins are one of them.
David Backes scored his fourth goal of the season at the 12:16 mark in the first period when he deflected a rebound off a Torey Krug shot from the point past Blues goalie Jake Allen.
The power-play goal was special for two reasons. Not only did Backes score in his first game against his former team, but it also was goal No. 20,000 in Bruins history. The only other team in NHL history to reach that mark is the Montreal Canadiens.
GOALS, GOALS EVERYWHERE
The Blues entered Tuesday with a troubling road record, but they did just about eveything they could to end that trend in the second period.
Jori Lehtera, who later scored an empty-netter, knotted the game at one goal apiece with his tally 3:23 into the second. Boston challenged the goal for a potential goaltender interference, but it was upheld on replay. Then, after the B’s momentarily took back the lead, Robert Bortuzzo and Paul Stastny both scored to give the Blues a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.
The lone Boston score in the frame also was a short-handed goal, courtesy of Dominic Moore 8:59 into the second.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played one shift in the second period, but he left after that due to an undisclosed reason. He did not return to the bench. He had one shot in 9:04 on the ice.
Here’s the limited information we know so far, via the Bruins.
The B’s won’t have Thanksgiving off, as they’ll travel north to face the Ottawa Senators on Thurday at 7:30 p.m. ET. They then will head back home for their third game in four days against the Calgary Flames on Friday.
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