The Boston Bruins try for their first win in St. Louis in more than eight years when they face the Blues in the teams’ only meeting of the season.
Boston has lost five straight in St. Louis since a 7-4 win there on Oct. 17, 1995. In the overall series, the Bruins are 1-9-2 against the Blues since the start of the 1996-97 season.
The Bruins had their point streak snapped at 11 games Saturday with a 3-2 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was Boston’s first loss in regulation since a 2-0 home defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 23.
Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, but Boston bounced back to tie it on two goals by Brian Rolston in a span of 32 seconds in the second period.
The Flyers, however, got the winner when Mark Recchi scored on the power play with 2:15 left in the second.
“We missed the net a lot tonight,” Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. “There were a couple of individual breakdowns and the puck ended up in the back of our net. We had trouble getting the momentum in the third period. I thought we did a good job in the second period, but we couldn’t get the momentum in the third.”
Despite the loss, Boston still has the NHL’s best road record at 7-2-1-2. The Bruins, however, are facing a St. Louis team that is 6-1 at the Savvis Center this season.
The Blues snapped their first losing streak of the season at two and won for the fourth consecutive time at home Saturday, beating the Dallas Stars 2-1.
“I felt like I was playing my best hockey when I got suspended,” Tkachuk said. “It’s tough, but you’ve just got to take short shifts early and just play hard and good things will happen.”
Tkachuk was suspended for a cross-check to the neck of Sharks defenseman Rob Davison. The Blues’ No. 1 line of Tkachuk, Demitra and Scott Mellanby played together for only the second game this season.
“We know what we’re going to do,” Mellanby said. “It’s nice to have that familiarity.”
STANDINGS (through Nov. 23): Bruins - 28 points, 1st place, Northeast Division. Blues - 25 points, 1st place, Central Division.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 23): Bruins - Power play: 25.0 percent (18 for 72), 4th in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.8 percent (63 for 82), 30th. Blues - Power play: 22.2 percent (18 for 81), 6th. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (75 for 89), 12th.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Blues, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 3, 2002; Blues, 4-0. At Boston, Tkachuk and Mellanby each had a goal and an assist as the Blues snapped the Bruins’ eight-game home winning streak.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 7-2-1-2 on the road; Blues - 6-1-0-0 at home.