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).
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.