The Blues were downed 4-2 on Wednesday night by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. Although outshooting the Bruins 32-19, the Bruins scoring chances were abundant, and they took advantage of some sloppy defense in the first period. The loss puts the Blues 5 points behind the Western Conference leader and division rival Detroit Red Wings.
The first period was an action filled 20 minutes, with highs and lows for the Blues. The Bruins struck first with a goal by Brad Marchand who hit twine after a careless turnover in the defensive zone by the Blues. Only 4 minutes later, Milan Lucic scored for Boston as they took an early 2-0 lead. The Blues responded as they have all season by putting in back-to-back goals, one by Chris Stewart and Ryan Reaves, respectively. But, with only 40 seconds left in the period, Chris Kelly netted for the Bruins, putting them up 3-2 at the end of the 1st.
St. Louis appeared to be taking over the game as they enjoyed sustained offense throughout the 2nd period, but were unable to capitalize on numerous opportunities. The third period presented a physical display by both teams, neither of whom could create many great offensive chances. The Bruins finally broke through with another goal by Brad Marchand near the 10 minute mark of the 3rd, clinching the game for Boston.
The Blues played poorly on the defensive end, making sloppy passes and mistakes behind their own blue-line, and tonight were not bailed out by Brian Elliott, who struggled between the pipes. Although the offense was able to create numerous chances and beat Tim Thomas twice, they were not able to keep up with the Bruins firepower. The Blues next travel to Nashville to take on the division rival Predators, who are only 3 points back of St. Louis.