Chara’s First-Period Injury Costs Bruins, Blues Pick Up Victory

Chara leaves ice early as Blues fall 4-2 ahead of Thanksgiving

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In the first period, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara went down with a lower-body injury, and did not return to action. This left Boston with just 5 defenseman, and without their “top” guy. The younger guys were forced to step it up on the spot, and ultimately were unable to climb the 6’9″ mountain in front of them. St. Louis would take advantage, scoring 3 goals in the second, and an empty-netter in the third to clinch a 4-2 victory.

 

The first period started out pretty good for Boston, as David Backes, former St. Louis star,

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Backes celebrates with Moore following opening goal (courtesy: Getty Images)

scored against his former team on the power play to give Boston a lead. The goal was only Backes’ 4th of the year, but it had to be a very satisfying goal to have scored. David Krejci factored in as the secondary assist, his 10th of the year. That mark him just one assist behind Brad Marchand for the team lead in assists. Torey Krug picked up his 5th assist on the Backes goal.

In the second, playing without Big Z, Boston struggled defensively. 3 goals were scored by St. Louis in a span of 13 minutes. After the first St Louis goal, which was unsuccessfully challenged, Dominic Moore scored a shorthanded goal to give Boston a second chance at playing with a lead. Both Boston goals were scored on special teams, which isn’t all that interesting, but what is interesting is the fact that one came on a power play, and the other was shorthanded. Boston, though, was unsuccessful in defending the lead, and left the second trailing 3-2. After an empty net goal in the 3rd, Boston left the Garden in defeat, dropping to 11-8-0.

 

3 UPS:

1. SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! – 

Boston put 41 shots to the net of St. Louis last night. They did all they could to try and get the W from the offensive zone, but it just wasn’t enough. Jake Allen was an absolute stud in front of the Blues’ net, allowing only 2 of the 41 in. This isn’t the first time Boston has taken 40+ shots on net, as it happened against Colorado in a 2-0 win last week. Coincidentally, both games have seen Boston score only 2 goals.

2. Backes Scored – 

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Backes scores against his old team (Courtesy: Getty Images)

It’s been a while since David Backes has scored. Well, it feels like it anyway. It was nice to see the major off-season pickup score in his first game against his former team. Perhaps when these two teams meet again, this time in front of a St. Louis crowd, Backes’ emotions will be even further escalated, and he’ll elevate his game to a new level. Either way, seeing him score last night was a welcomed sight.

3. Without Chara, They Still Looked Okay –

Look, I know playing without Chara hurt the team in the second, but they had a very solid third period. The only goal St. Louis scored was an empty netter, and they didn’t really have too many chances. Give this team a few days to adjust, and we may see a defensive unit that doesn’t need to rely on Chara. I’m cautiously optimistic about this injury.

 

3 DOWNS:

1. Chara Hurt, Already Declared Out Thursday –

I know I just came from saying this injury isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not ideal. Losing your “number one” isn’t ever a good situation. This injury may have long-term benefits, but in the short run, we may still be in danger. The fact that he was already declared inactive for tomorrow night, tells us that this is no light injury either. We may not see Chara for one to two weeks. Nothing has been said to lead us to believe that this injury is a 4-6 week or beyond, and right now, it appears as though he will be day-to-day for some time.

2. Torey Krug –

Despite factoring in on the Backes goal, Krug had a very poor game. This is something we haven’t really seen from him this season. Despite getting a lot of flack from fans on social media, Krug’s play has been quite solid. He’s much different than the guy we saw a few seasons ago, now playing a more defense-oriented game, rather than the guy pushing the puck. Plus, he’s paired with Adam McQuaid every game, what do you want from him?

3. 3 Goal Second Period –

Yeah, Chara was hurt and the team wasn’t ready for it, but that’s not an excuse for giving up 3 even-strength goals in a period. I hate second periods, man.

 

3 Takeaways:

  1. David Pastrnak and Kevan Miller are both expected back in action on Thanksgiving
  2. Backes scored in front of his old team, totally disproving my pre-game report. Thanks.
  3. Once again, the Bruins-Blues game was one of the best ones so far. These teams always put on a magical performance against each other

 

3 STARS:

1. Jake Allen (G-STL)

2. Colton Parayko (D-STL)

3. David Backes (RW-BOS)

 

What did you think of the game? Are you worried about Chara’s injury? What do you think of BOSTON playing in CANADA on AMERICAN THANKSGIVING? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to share this post with friends! B’s lose 4-2!

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