Coyle SO Goal Helps Boston Beat St. Louis 4-3 for 60th Win
Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning shootout goal as the Boston Bruins recovered from blowing a 3-0 lead to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 for its 60th win of the season.
“It is special," Bruins center Brad Marchand said about reaching 60 wins. "At the end of the day, I think we’ve done a really good job at kind of staying in the moment. But when the year is over, and I guess the careers are all over and we kind of look back, it’s pretty special to be part of a group like this and to break records. So it is something that we try not to get caught up in.”
Linus Ullmark made 35 saves and stopped all three St. Louis shootout attempts to lead Boston to its third straight win.
“We wind up on top because of our great goaltender,” Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “He was fantastic tonight. And as soon as we scored, Charlie scored, I’m like, you know what, he's not letting one in. You could just see it through his cage.”
Jake DeBrusk, Tyler Bertuzzi and Oskar Steen all scored in regulation for Boston.
Jordan Kyrou scored a pair of goals, and Torey Krug also scored for St. Louis.
“It was an exciting game, back-and-forth game,” Kyrou said. “It felt like a playoff game, so it’s all good.”
Jordan Binnington made 28 saves for St. Louis which lost its second straight game and was officially eliminated from the postseason for the first time since 2018.
“It’s very disappointing," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "This organization and what’s expected of everybody, we’re not very happy for sure.”
Dmitry Orlov appeared to have scored the game-winner 2:24 into overtime, but after a quick review the goal was overturned as David Pastrnak was off-side entering the St. Louis zone.
Kyrou scored his second goal of the game and team-leading 36th of the season with 25 seconds remaining in regulation after Binnington was pulled for an extra attacker to tie the game 3-all.
“We made some mistakes that we can’t make,” Montgomery said. “So it’s good learning. You’re still going to get mentally fatigued in the playoffs, and we can’t make the mistakes we made and give them odd man rushes or really good looks and ended up in the back of our net.”
Krug buried a rebound from Brandon Saad past Ullmark for his seventh goal of the season 9:47 into the third period to cut the Boston lead to 3-2.
Kyrou scored his first goal of the game with nine seconds remaining in the second period.
Bertuzzi scored his seventh goal of the season on a power play 7:18 into the second period and Steen added his first goal since Jan. 22, 2002, 44 seconds later to expand Boston’s lead to 3-0.
DeBrusk scored his 25th goal of the season when he tapped in his own rebound past Binnington 5:51 into the first period to give Boston an early 1-0 lead.
St. Louis recalled D Matthew Kessel from Springfield of the AHL under emergency conditions after D Marco Scandella sustained a lower-body injury on Saturday in Nashville. Kessel was selected by St. Louis in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft … C Robert Thomas (upper body), C Pavel Buchnevich (upper body) and D Robert Bortuzzo were scratched for St. Louis. … Boston needs three more wins in its five remaining games to break the NHL record of 62 wins in a season set by Tampa Bay in 2018-2019 and Detroit in 1995-1996
Boston: Hosts Toronto on Thursday night.
St. Louis: Hosts Philadelphia on Tuesday night.