Final, Blues 3-2: That’s all she wrote.
T.J. Oshie was able to force a Carl Soderberg turnover behind the Boston net, and the Blues forward just jammed it by Tuukka Rask to win the game for St. Louis.
Overtime, 2:50, 2-2: Jarome Iginla just had a chance to end the game, but it looks as if Alex Pietrangelo broke up the play in front of the net.
Overtime, 0:01, 2-2: Overtime is underway.
End third period, 2-2: The Bruins got one chance late in the period, but Jaroslav Halak made a kick save on a long attempt from Jarome Iginla.
We’re headed to overtime.
Third period, 18:00, 2-2: The Blues are starting to up the pressure in the Boston end, as the B’s are two minutes away from stealing at least a point.
Third period, 14:00, 2-2: Another train wreck of a power play just came to an end for the Bruins with not much of anything to show for it.
If the B’s could have done anything on their four power plays so far, they might actually have the lead.
Third period, 11:50, 2-2: The Bruins are going back on the power play. Roman Polak was just called for high-sticking, and the B’s can take the lead on the man-advantage.
Third period, 11:24, 2-2: We’ve got a tie hockey game.
Johnny Boychuk just hammered a shot from the point that was deflected wide. The carom off the backboards went right to Brad Marchand, however, and the Bruins winger wasn’t going to miss from right in front. He quickly put the shot on net and by Jaroslav Halak to tie the game.
Third period, 9:16, Blues 2-1: This game isn’t over just yet.
The Bruins just got some good net-front traffic, and it paid off in a big way. Milan Lucic crashed the net and wreaked havoc in front, and David Krejci knows how to take advantage of that. The Boston center took a quick shot from just inside the blue line that beat Jaroslav Halak to get the B’s on the board for the first time tonight.
Third period, 5:40, Blues 2-0: The Bruins just had their best chance of the third period as Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg worked a give-and-go, but Jaroslav Halak made the save.
Hamilton passed the puck to Soderberg and went to the slot where Soderberg gave it right back with a backhanded pass that Hamilton quickly put on net. Halak made the glove save to keep the two-goal lead intact.
Third period, 3:53, Blues 2-0: The Bruins are going to be without a defenseman for the next two minutes.
Torey Krug was just sent to the box after getting tangled up with T.J. Oshie after a play. Both went to the box for roughing.
Krug was hammered with a big body check from Oshie earlier in the game.
Third period, 0:01, Blues 2-0: The third period is underway.
End second period, Blues 2-0: The Bruins had more anxious moments in the final minute of the period on the penalty kill, but they were able to avoid danger.
Chris Kelly’s stick broke, which left the Blues with a de facto 5-on-3. However, Boston was able to clear the zone and avoid any further damage.
The second period came to an end just as the power play expired, and Boston will be back to even strength as the third period begins.
Second period, 17:59, Blues 2-0: The Blues are going to get another power play after a bit of a mix-up along the St. Louis bench.
T.J. Oshie ran over Torey Krug with a seemingly clear hit. Johnny Boychuk took exception to that and challenged Oshie to a fight. They got tangled up, and that’s when the linesmen jumped in. Boychuk got an extra roughing penalty, though, and St. Louis gets a power play out of it all.
Second period, 16:00, Blues 2-0: Once again, the Bruins are unable to break through on the power play. They’re now 0-for-3 tonight, and that’s a big reason they’re still chasing two goals late in the second period.
Second period, 13:45, Blues 2-0: The Bruins are going back on the power play.
Jay Bouwmeester is heading back to the penalty box after being called for holding Brad Marchand.
Second period, 12:15, Blues 2-0: When the Bruins have gotten the puck to the net, Jaroslav Halak has been there to make the saves.
The Blues goalie just robbed David Krejci in front as he tried to tip a slap pass from Torey Krug into the net. Seconds later, Halak made a glove save on a Jarome Iginla shot from the right dot to at least temporarily preserve the shutout.
Second period, 11:12, Blues 2-0: The big focus coming into this game was obviously the fact that the Bruins were playing without Zdeno Chara. How that would affect the Boston team defense was justifiably under the microscope.
One of the developing storylines through about half of this game, however, has been the Bruins’ issues in generating offense. Much of that has come from the Blues’ willingness and ability to block shots. The Blues have already blocked 12 shots, 10 of which have come from Boston defensemen.
Second period, 7:40, Blues 2-0: The Bruins were once again able to kill off the penalty.
This time, the Blues were actually able to sustain possession and put a couple of pucks on net. Tuukka Rask, however, did a really nice job of making two big saves to keep St. Louis from adding to the two-goal lead.
Second period, 5:34, Blues 2-0: The Bruins are going to now have to try and kill off a penalty.
Chris Kelly was just called for tripping, and the B’s will try to shut down the second-ranked man-advantage unit.
Second period, 3:32, Blues 2-0: The Bruins’ defense hasn’t been awful in this one, but there’s certainly a drop-off when Zdeno Chara isn’t in the mix. B’s goalie Tuukka Rask isn’t helping much so far, either.
Jaden Schwartz just gave the Blues the 2-0 lead when he wristed a shot from the left wing that beat Rask over the glove hand, as the Boston goalie reacted to that one pretty late.
Second period, 1:43, Blues 1-0: A great shift from the Bruins’ first line just came to an end with a great scoring chance.
Unfortunately for the B’s, Milan Lucic’s chance right in front was stopped after Lucic took a crossing pass from Jarome Iginla. Jaroslav Halak made the kick save and the puck deflected over the glass.
Second period, 0:01, Blues 1-0: The second period is underway in St. Louis with the Bruins trying to dig out of the 1-0 hole.
End first period, Blues 1-0: The Bruins avoided potential disaster in the final moments of the period. The B’s started running around a bit in their own end, and that was made worse by the fact that Tuukka Rask lost his stick.
He didn’t lose his composure, though, and a deflected puck over the net ended up bailing out Rask and the Bruins.
The period just came to an end with St. Louis up a goal.
First period, 15:48, Blues 1-0: The Blues have the game’s first goal and thus, the first lead.
Alexander Steen just ripped a shot by Tuukka Rask as the Blues forward carried the puck into the zone and beat Rask with the half slap shot. The Boston defense cut down any sort of pass through the slot, but Rask wasn’t able to make the save, and St. Louis leads 1-0.
First period, 15:39, 0-0: Another missed opportunity on the power play for the Bruins, and the game is back to even strength.
First period, 13:32, 0-0: The Bruins are going back on the power play, as the Blues are going to be down another important defenseman.
Jay Bouwmeester was just called for slashing, and the B’s get another crack on the power play.
First period, 11:30, 0-0: The Blues’ power play is over, and the Bruins were able to kill it off. Not only that, the B’s penalty kill didn’t allow a shot on goal.
That was thanks in large part to a big effort from the forwards. Chris Kelly made a nice play along the wall at the blue line to keep St. Louis from getting the puck deep, while Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson also took away shooting lanes at the the top of the slot.
First period, 8:54, 0-0: Now the Blues are going to get a chance on the power play.
Matt Bartkowski is going off for holding the stick after getting tied up with Alexander Steen. Boston will have to try and slow down the league’s second-ranked power play.
First period, 8:30, 0-0: Not a ton going on in the early minutes of this one, at least not in terms of scoring chances.
The Bruins are outshooting the Blues 5-2 early on, and the B’s have done a really nice job of keeping play in the St. Louis end, which keeps the Blues from being able to really put a ton of pressure on the depleted Boston defense.
Carl Soderberg is having a nice game against his former organization so far. He tried to set up Chris Kelly in front, but Kelly couldn’t quite settle the puck and put it over the net.
First period, 2:13, 0-0: The Bruins weren’t able to do anything on the power play, as they couldn’t generate a shot on goal during the man-advantage.
That’s a lost opportunity to try and at least generate some momentum in the game’s opening minutes.
First period, 0:13, 0-0: Brad Marchand just made a nice play only a few seconds into the game, and it results in a Bruins power play.
Marchand stepped around Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Blues defenseman held Marchand in the process, which gives the Bruins a power play just 13 seconds into the game.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: The game is underway in St. Louis.
7:30 p.m.: Pregame warmups have begun in St. Louis, and it looks like Tuukka Rask will indeed get the start for the Bruins. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last start before the Olympic break.
At the other end of the ice, the Blues will go with Jaroslav Halak.
1:05 p.m.: The Bruins had an optional morning skate in St. Louis. Veteran forwards Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Jarome Iginla, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton all opted to skip the skate.
12:30 p.m.: The Boston Bruins are in the home stretch before the league-wide break for the Winter Olympics, and they’re going to get a really big test on Thursday night in St. Louis.
The B’s will be taking on one of the league’s best and most balanced teams when they square off with the Blues. Boston has just two games left before the break, and the date with St. Louis will certainly be a difficult one.
The Blues have been among the league’s best teams all season long, and they enter Thursday’s matchup with the Bruins sitting in second place in the Central Division, just four points behind Chicago with a staggering four games in hand on the first-place Blackhawks. The Blues also have four games in hand on Los Angeles, the only other team in the Western Conference with more points than them. St. Louis also has the league’s best goal differential. The Blues are also one of the league’s best home teams with a 20-5-1 record at Scottrade Center, but they’re just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.
The Bruins, meanwhile, come in having won seven of their last 10 games. However, Boston will be without captain Zdeno Chara. The big defenseman left the team for Sochi where he’ll be the flag bearer for Slovakia at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. The B’s recalled David Warsofsky earlier in the week, and he’ll be in against the Blues as part of a makeshift defensive unit that will try to make up for the loss of Chara for the next two games.
The Blues may also be shorthanded Thursday night. Forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who will play for Team Russia at the Olympics, missed the morning skate with flu-like symptoms. Tarasenko hasn’t been ruled out yet, but the 2010 first-round pick is questionable for the game against Boston.
Puck drop from St. Louis is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
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