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Bruins halt Blues’ lofty home points streak

Feb 22, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

Matt D'Agostini, Andrew Ference AP

With all the attention that the other streaky Central Division teams were getting, it’s probably easy to ignore what the St. Louis Blues have been doing at home. The Boston Bruins shined a bit of a spotlight on that by beating them 4-2, ending the Blues’ franchise-record 21-game points streak in St. Louis.

Granted, it’s a points streak, not a winning streak. The Blues came into tonight’s game with a dazzling 18-0-3 record in their last 21 games in St. Louis, as they hadn’t lost a home contest in regulation since the Chicago Blackhawks beat them 5-2 on Dec. 3, 2011.

Brad Marchand scored twice while Chris Kelly and Milan Lucic also contributed to the 4-2 win as Tim Thomas edged Brian Elliott.

What this game means

Either way, this could be a nice reset for the Bruins and a test for the Blues.

Boston had been struggling a bit – at least relatively speaking – but beating a team as formidable and defensively adept as St. Louis could help them get back on track. The Ottawa Senators briefly “tied” the Bruins with 72 points tonight but now Boston has 74 and four games in hand.

St. Louis is hitting a tiny rut with recent struggles against the Central Division and two losses in a row. Once the Detroit Red Wings really revved up their home run, it was probably time for the Blues to kiss their division title hopes goodbye, but the young team needs to stay committed to make their thin-margin-of-error style work.

Perhaps they learned a little something from Boston, then, as the Bruins were once a lot like them.

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  1. blomfeld - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    THIS MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !

    As a loyal and ardent supporter of the LA Kings, living but a 30 minute walk from Rogers Arena, even I “Blomfeld” can readily admit that the Bruins are “nothing” compared to the Vancouver Canucks. That’s right … the Vancouver Canucks are today “vastly” superior to the Boston Bruins and only a fool would think otherwise. In fact, were a seven game series to start right now, then I doubt if Boston would get even a single win ! I don’t necessarily like saying that, but that’s the truth …

    • itsallniceonice - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      If it wasn’t for Lundqvist, then Quick gets Vezina. Honestly if the Kings make the playoffs Quick should probably get the Hart.

    • bear654 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      That seemed to be the consensus before the finals started last year as well…

  2. itsallniceonice - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Dude you’re crazy. This is exactly what someone would have said about the Bruins last year and they won the Stanley Cup. You can say what you want about the Bruins, dirty, classless, as Mr. Habsman would say, but one thing is certain. This is a team that lives and dies as a team and they sure showed the Canadiens, the Lightning, the Canucks and everyone they played November-December what that kind of hockey is about. Say what you will about the Bruins but on their game they will destroy your team.

  3. 8man - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    I know two things. One, the Bruins are the Stanley Cup Champions and they got there by beating the Canucks 4 games to 3 and outscoring them 23-8. And I also know, at least I think I do, that the Bruins will win their division and at worst, be the three seed.

    Oh, and one other thing, the B’s are still best in the league in goal differential. I know wins matter, but seriously, if you are consistantly scoring more goals than who you play, and doing it better than anyone in the league, the wins will come. And especially when it really matters.

    They have struggled a bit lately, but this was a gritty win against a quality opponent and on the road. Face it haters, the Bruins will have to be dealt with come April and May.

  4. back2backbees - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    The Nose Face Killa played a great game and should have netted two more on top of the two he had. The guys got skills, recognize!

  5. homelanddefense - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Dont feed the trolls people!

    The Bruins are struggling a bit (and by struggling I mean .500 hockey for that last month) mainly due to injuries. Horton missing has caught up to them, and now Peverely is out too. But when healthy they can play with any team in the league.

  6. keepyerstickontheice - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    There is no “I” in team. But there is one in “Tim”.

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