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. 

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.