Bruins strike three times in first period in 5-3 win over Blues

Bruins strike three times in first period in 5-3 win over Blues

ST LOUIS – The Bruins were looking to author a big time performance in David Backes’ emotional return to St. Louis, and they came through for their new teammate.

Powered by three first period goals and their first multi-power play goal game since the beginning of November, the B’s hammered the St. Louis Blues by a 5-3 score at Scottrade Center. This is a hockey game the B’s dominated from beginning to end, and included a David Backes fight in the second period with Blues D-man Joel Edmundson.

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It all started in the first period as the Bruins dropped three scores on the Blues and chased Jake Allen from the game after the opening 20 minutes. Frank Vatrano opened up the scoring midway through the first period when he sniped a power play strike top corner for his third goal of the season. Brandon Carlo followed seven minutes later with a weird point shot that banked into the net off the end boards and the back of Allen’s leg.

Brad Marchand closed out the first period scoring when David Pastrnak fed him wide as the trailing winger, and notching his 14th goal of the season on another top corner sniper job at the Blues net.

Torey Krug made it a four goal lead for the Bruins in the opening minutes of the second period when he smoked another PP point shot that went bar down through a screening Blues defender. St. Louis got one back on a Colton Parayko blast that seemed to snap Tuukka Rask out of a comfortable nap with all the action going on at the other end of the ice.

But that was it for the Blues until a Berglund goal from the slot beat Rask for a power play score midway through the third period to make it a respectable final score. Backes dropped the gloves with Edmundson in the second period after two Blues players caught David Krejci in between them for a crunching hit. Backes came to the defense of his center, and perhaps also showed the St. Louis fans what they’re missing a little bit now that the former Blues captain has signed in Boston.

Brad Marchand added the empty net goal in the closing minute to put things away for the Black and Gold. 

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins completed a 3-1 road trip.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between - this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. . Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. . Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. . Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. . Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. . Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. . The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.