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The Bruins beat the Blues 4-2 in regulation. Boston had an offensive explosion in the first period with three goals, but the Blues answered with two goals of their own in the first 20 minutes. Brad Marchand added a third period goal on a breakaway to seal the deal, his second goal of the game. Tim Thomas got the bulk of the goal tending work and made 30 saves, helping the Bruins take two points.
With four goals against one of the best goalies this season in Brian Elliot, the Bruins have maintained their streak of not losing a game when scoring four goals or more. Boston scored two early goals one from Marchand and one from Milan Lucic, helping the Bruins improve to 23-4 when scoring first. The formula for success is in plain sight for the Bruins: score first and then score some more.
Chris Kelly centered a line with Lucic on his left and David Krejci on his right. That line produced two goals, as Lucic and Kelly both lit the lamp in the first. Krejci didnt get on the scoring sheet, but was more involved than he has been in the past week.
Marchand added his 21st goal of the season in the third period on a great pass from Tyler Seguin that sprung him on a breakaway. That goal ties his career high.
Elliot came into the game with the best goals against average in the league and six shutouts on the season, but the Bruins got to him early and that was the difference in the game. Thomas faced almost nearly twice the shots that Elliot saw, and remained poised and calm.
Goal support really helps Thomas. Knowing that he doesn’t need to put up a shutout to win every night has to take pressure of the goalie.
The two goals that St. Louis did score came with traffic out front and Thomas scrambling around the net.