Blues’ Goalie Jake Allen led the way for the St. Louis Blues, making 32 saves, and shutting out the Bruins on Tuesday night.
By: Mike Grinnell
With goals from Vladimir Tarasenko and Robby Fabbri, the 21-11-4 Blues skates to a 2-0 victory over the 19-10-4 Bruins, who had won their previous three games. Tuesday night’s loss marks just the second time the Bruins have lost in regulation in the previous 16 games, going 11-2-3 in that span.
“Let’s not forget what’s happened here in the last month and a half or so.” Julien told reporters after Tuesday night’s loss. “We’ve played some pretty decent hockey, so sometimes a loss like that just brings you back to reality and say, ‘Listen, we don’t get to where we are by accident, we gotta make sure that we play well and we do the things that we need to do to win.’ And we didn’t do that tonight,”
Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on 29 shot attempts against the Blue on Tuesday night, letting in two beautiful shots from Vladimir Tarasenko who broke open the scoring 7:35 into the 3rd period and Robbie Fabbri, who scored 12:50 into the third, after receiving a long pass from Blues D’man Alex Pietrangelo, and beat Rask with a nice shot.
“I’m going to say he missed that shot but ask him again, but he went whatever, seven hole, you call that. Goal scorers don’t shoot there like that. Puck was rolling on him and I think it was going low blocker. I might have saved [it], but, you know, I mean, you don’t want to give him a breakaway.”
The Bruins head into the holiday break 1 point behind the Canadiens, who sit atop the Atlantic Division with 43 points. Fortunately for the Bruins, they have 3 games in hand on the Canadiens, 2 games in hand on the Panthers, who are tied for second place in the division with them, and 1 game in hand of Detroit, who sits one point behind the Bruins.
After a season that many thought was a rebuilding year, the Bruins have made themselves relevant again and the playoffs is something that should be on every ones mind.
“I like the direction our team has taken in the last month and a half and we should take advantage of that and take those three days and get some rest and hopefully come back and be as hungry as we have been in the last while.” Coach Julien said after Tuesday night’s loss.
The Bruins are off until they 26th, where they will welcome Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabers to the Garden. You can catch that game right here on ESPN New Hampshire, coverage beginning with the ESPN NH Pregame Show, starting at 6:00 PM.
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