GOLD STAR: David Krejci was the best player on the ice Friday night. He finished with two goals and a career-high four points in 20:32 of ice time, and was centering the best line for either team with Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak on either side of him. Not only did Krejci give the Bruins energy early with his rebound goal in the first period and his power play strike in the second period, but he also helped calm things down in the third with a couple of strong puck possession shifts when it seemed like the Blues were going to run away with the game. Krejci was strong on the puck, and going hard toward the net all night. For all those screaming about Krejci having a down year, he’s going to finish with close to 20 goals and reached 60 points for the season with four more big games remaining on the schedule.
BLACK EYE: Brian Elliott has been going through a very good stretch for the Blues lately, but he was awful for the Blues on Friday night. Elliott was yanked from the game after allowing five goals on 23 shots in the first two periods, and set the tone for St. Louis when Loui Eriksson beat him five hole for a breakaway goal in the first period. The turnaround was amazing for the Bruins, who went into the game scrounging for offense while Elliott had been tossing around shutouts for the Blues like they were going out of style. The Bruins caught the Blues goaltender on a tough night, and took full advantage as well they should have.
TURNING POINT: The biggest early turning point for the Bruins was watching Kevan Miller go down with a leg injury in the first period, and then immediately bouncing back with two goals within the next couple of minutes in the game. The Bruins easily could have succumbed to the bad vibes knowing that they’d just lost one of their defensive warriors against a big, strong and deep team like the Blues, but instead it seemed to light up their engines. Loui Eriksson and David Krejci responded with goals in the ensuing few minutes, and the Bruins showed they were going to grind, battle and do whatever needed to be done to get the two points. The game was far from over, but that was an important sequence for the Black and Gold.
HONORABLE MENTION: John-Michael Liles was far from perfect, but he also made a difference in his first game back after missing a couple with injuries. He set up the first goal of the game with a stretch pass to Loui Eriksson that freed the Swedish winger up for a breakaway goal, and finished with a pair of assists in 26 plus minutes of ice time. Liles was also a plus-1 with a couple of blocked shots while working in a pair with Zdeno Chara, and took an a great deal more responsibility once Kevan Miller was done in early with a lower body injury. Liles is a difference-maker for the Black and Gold when he brings his puck-moving element to the table for a team that needs it badly.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – the number of goals scored by the Bruins on Friday night was also the total number of goals that the team managed during their recent five game losing streak.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "As I told the players before the game, anybody can win in this league on any given night, so why not us?" – Claude Julien to reporters after the Bruins upset win over the Blues on Friday night.