The St. Louis Blues bounced back from their disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night in a big way 24 hours later.
Vladimir Tarasenko tallied his 22nd goal, Robby Fabbri scored for the second straight game and Jake Allen recorded his fifth shutout of the season as the visiting Blues beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
“I felt pretty good last night even though we lost,” Allen told reporters. “I wanted to carry that momentum into tonight. It was a good road game — two teams with similar skills. Last night, we were all-in for like 18 minutes, then let the foot off. Tonight it was a full 60.”
The win was the fourth for the Blues (21-11-4, 46 points) in five games, but even more important because of how they lost on Monday in Philadelphia. They were up 3-0 and couldn’t withstand a Flyers’ comeback in a 4-3 loss.
“It always fun to go win before the holidays and go have a little egg nog with a smile on your face,” Blues forward Ryan Reaves told reporters. “Especially after yesterday's loss, you definitely don't want to go into the holidays thinking about that.”
The Bruins (19-10-4, 42 points) pushed hard at the Blues for much of the night, but the visitors broke open a scoreless tie with two goals in the third period.
Tarasenko scored at the 7:35 mark on a breakaway after a nice lead pass from Magnus Paajarvi. The goal put him back atop the NHL leaders, tied with Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, and extended his point streak to a season-high seven games.
Fabbri, a rookie forward, added his seventh goal of the season, and second in two games, at the 12:50 mark after taking a pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beating Tuukka Raask with a wrister.
The two-goal cushion was more than enough for Allen, who finished with 32 saves to improve to 16-8-2 on the season. He’s tied for the NHL lead in shutouts and now ranks sixth in goals-against average (2.06) and save percentage (.928).
The Blues are now off until playing back-to-back games against the Central Division-leading Stars on Saturday and Sunday. The Blues host the Stars on Saturday night and then play at Dallas on Sunday.
Tuesday night’s win was a good sign for St. Louis.
“Quite frankly, this is the way we have to play every night,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “We’re not a team that can afford to be 85 percent. Some teams can get away with that. We’re 100 percent in to play the right way, and that’s a small margin. Especially with the teams that are coming up post-Christmas. We’re going to have to be 100 percent all the way in. And 100 percent means for 60 minutes; not 45, not 50. That’s what was impressive today, and disappointing yesterday.”