The Boston Bruins came up short Thursday night, but it wasn’t because a lack of effort. TJ Oshie’s overtime goal propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over Boston. The win gives the Blues a season series sweep of the Bruins.
Boston began the third period trailing the Blues 2-0. It looked as if the Bruins were going to fall victim to a shutout. Jaroslav Halak was phenomenal in net for the Blues. He turned aside 36-of-38 shots.
Oshie potted the game-winner 3:29 into the overtime. Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues.
Tuukka Rask was respectable, stopping 24-of-27 shots in defeat.
Boston’s loss snaps a two-game winning streak. Although they have earned at least one point in 9 of their last 10 games (7-1-2).
The Bruins were down Zdeno Chara and will be without him once again on Saturday when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators. Chara is partaking in the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Matt Bartkowski led all Boston skaters with 23:20 time on ice. That statistic figures to climb with Chara out of the lineup.
Saturday’s puck drop opposite the Senators will be at 3 p.m., marking yet another matinee start for the Bruins. The prior two Saturdays have been afternoon games and the Bruins have dominated in them. Given the circumstances, they are in a perfect position to avenge the loss.