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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. 

Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

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Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – It was absolutely an “uh-oh” moment for Matt Beleskey when he was hit on the foot with a shot Monday night in the Bruins' preseason opener against the Canadiens. Beleskey, 29, was just hoping that his foot wasn’t broken in what would have been another shot of bad luck coming off a tough season for the hard-nosed winger, so his hopes have been answered given his presence in the lineup for the preseason game Saturday night vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

Beleskey missed the past two preseason games and most of the practice time as well but returned to the ice on Friday before getting ready for tonight's game. With plenty to prove while coming off a down second season in Boston, Beleskey knows he needs a strong camp that can’t get derailed by injuries or assorted bumps and bruises.

“I definitely did not want a broken foot to start the year, so I’m glad that I was fine,” said Beleskey, who finished with three goals and eight points along with a minus-10 in 49 games last season. “I took a puck in the face during warm-ups and the shot to the foot in the third, so that’s quite a good start to the year. But hopefully, I’ve got those out of the way now.

“I felt really good in the last game. It was great to see some of the work I did in the summertime paying off, so now we build on that [against Detroit] and keep things moving. There are a lot of great players here [in camp] and there’s great competition. I’m just here to play my game and prove myself, and I’ve got all the confidence in the world I can do that.”

Now that he’s been given a full bill of health again, Beleskey will get just that chance skating with Sean Kuraly and Ryan Fitzgerald on Saturday night in Hockeytown amid a deeply competitive situation for Boston’s third line. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for the Bruins against the Red Wings in Boston’s fourth game of the preseason:

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak
Vatrano-Czarnik-Purcell
Beleskey-Kuraly-Fitzgerald
Schaller-Szwarz-Senyshyn

Miller-McAvoy
Grzelcyk-McQuaid
O’Gara-Zboril

McIntyre
Subban