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On a night when the Bruins welcomed back playmaking center Marc Savard to their lineup, it was another center who was the heart of the Boston offense. Patrice Bergeron led the way with assists on all four Bruins goals tonight, helping the B’s top the St. Louis Blues 4-2 at Scottrade Center. The victory gave the Bruins their first 3-game win streak of the season.
Mark Recchi lit the lamp first on the power play for Boston midway through the opening period, swatting the puck out of mid-air to give the B’s an early 1-0 lead. Just 91 seconds later, local boy Keith Tkachuk tipped the puck past Tuukka Rask from the slot to even the score heading into the first intermission. Rask survived a 16-shot barrage from the Blues in the first period, only giving up that one score.
The B’s would outplay St. Louis from then on. They would regain the lead three minutes into the middle frame on the second power play goal of the night. Blake Wheeler took a pass from Bergeron, slapping it past Blues goalie Chris Mason to take the 2-1 lead. This lead would also be short lived, as old friend Brad Boyes set up a Carlo Colaiacavo goal to tie the game back up at 2. (On a side note, “Carlo Colaiacavo” has just surpassed “Miroslav Satan” and “Jonathan Cheechoo” as my favorite name in the NHL. Say it, it’s a wicked good time.)
Getting back to business, the B’s would take the lead for good later in the second on a Milan Lucic tip-in of a Zdeno Chara slapper, putting the Bruins up 3-2 with 20 minutes to play. Boston would seal the deal midway through the final period off a sweet steal by Bergeron on the shorthand. Bergeron would feed a streaking Marco Sturm, who would beat Mason and give Boston a two-goal cushion.
The Black & Gold will wrap up their 4-game road trip in Minnesota on Wednesday evening when they skate with the Wild.