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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The boys are back in town/on Causeway Street
After treading water with Milan Lucic and Marc Savard out for awhile, the Boston Bruins are slowly starting to become the team everyone thought they could be.
The B's (11-8-4) won their third straight, 4-2 last night in St. Louis. Savard made his return and while he didn't record a point, his presence was felt as the team had more jump in their skates with two power-play goals and a shorthanded tally.
Patrice Bergeron, who's been the Bruins' best player thus far, had four assists and Tuukka Rask (6-2-1; 29 saves) made his fourth straight start as he continued to get better every game.
Even with Tim Thomas out with a hand injury, Boston has one of the best goaltending duos in the NHL.
Mark Recchi (4th of the season) gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period with a standard Recchi goal. It was on the power play, Bergeron and David Krejci assisted as Recchi followed a rebound and batted it out of the air past Blue goaltender Chris Mason (19 saves).
Another ageless American winger, Keith Tkachuk, tied it for St. Louis (8-9-4) 1:31 after Recchi's goal.
Blake Wheeler (6th of the year) made it 2-1 Boston in the second period with another power-play goal from Bergeron and Dennis Wideman.
Carlo Colaiacovo tied it for the Blues later in the second period but Lucic responded with his second goal in two games since returning. Zdeno Chara and Bergeron assisted on Lucic's second goal of the season.
Marco Sturm wrapped it up with his sixth goal of the year, a shorthanded goal in the third period from Bergeron.
The Bruins close out their four game road trip tomorrow night in Minnesota against the Wild.