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Bruins skate past Blues 4-2

Patrice Bergeron (4 assists) factored into all four Boston goals as the Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Monday night. Mark Recchi, Blake Wheeler, Milan Lucic, and Marco Sturm were the goal scorers for the B's, while Tuukka Rask held down the fort between the pipes with 29 saves.

Mark Recchi spotted the Bruins a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game when he batted a bouncing puck out of mid-air and past Chris Mason for a power play goal.

The Blues knotted things up at 1-1 just a minute and 31 seconds later when Keith Tkachuk set up in the slot and tipped in a shot from the point by Carlo Colaiacovo.

The B's made it 2-1 off a power play goal by Blake Wheeler 3:02 into the second period. Patrice Bergeron found a seam and threaded a nice cross-ice pass to Blake Wheeler, who fired a quick wrister into the back the back of the net.

Byron Bitz and Barret Jackman dropped the gloves just over 7 minutes into the middle period. The bout appeared to give the Blues a boost. Just 15 seconds later, Carlo Colaiacovo made it 2-2 off a 2 on 1 break with Brad Boyes.

The Bruins regained the lead at 12:10 of the second period on a goal from Milan Lucic. Zdeno Chara ripped a shot from the blueline with Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic screening the goaltenderr Chirs Mason. The shot deflected off Lucic and in to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.

The Bruins added an insurance marker with 9:46 remaining in the 3rd period when Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm broke in 2 on 1. Bergeron slid a pass to Sturm and Sturm buried for the 4-2 lead.

Final - 11.23.2009 1 2 3 Total
Boston Bruins 1 2 1 4
St. Louis Blues 1 1 0 2

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- Bruins were 2 for 3 on the power play.

- The Bruins have their first 3-game win streak of the '09-'10 campaign.

- The B's won 61% of the face-offs tonight.

- The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild.


3 Stars (as chosen by the St. Louis media....not Timmy)

1st Star: Patrice Bergeron (4 assists, +1, 69% face-offs)

2nd Star: Milan Lucic (goal, 5 hits)

3rd Star: Carlo Colaiacovo (goal, assist, +1)