BOSTON (AP) - Robert Bortuzzo and Paul Stastny scored 2:12 apart in the second period and Jake Allen had 39 saves, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to four.
Jori Lehtera scored twice for St. Louis, including into an empty net with 1:16 left. Colton Parayko and Patrik Berglund each had two assists.
Longtime Blues captain David Backes scored for Boston in his first game against his former club, putting the Bruins up 1-0 early in the first with the 20,000th goal in franchise history. Montreal is the only other NHL team with 20,000 goals.
Dominic Moore also scored for the Bruins, who lost for just the third time this season with Tuukka Rask starting in goal.
Rask had 24 saves for the Bruins, who had won four of five.
After getting just seven shots on goal in the first period, the Blues had 14 in the second and scored three times to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
Lehtera tied it at 1 when he tipped a shot by Parayko past Rask 3:23 into the second. Boston challenged the goal but lost when the officials reviewed it and found there was no interference on Rask.
Moore put Boston back up briefly with a wrist shot over Allen’s glove for a short-handed goal at 8:59 of the second.
Bortuzzo backhanded in a wide rebound to tie it again with 6:01 left in the second for his first goal of the season, then Stastny gave St. Louis its first lead when he poked in another rebound off a shot by Jaden Schwartz.
Backes, who signed with Boston as a free agent July 1 after spending his first 10 seasons with St. Louis, knocked in a rebound from in front of the crease when Allen couldn’t control Torey Krug’s slap shot 7:44 into the game.
NOTES: Krug’s assist on the opening goal was the 100th in his career. … LW Alexander Steen did not travel with the Blues and missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury. … RW David Pastrnak, who leads Boston with 10 goals, missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.
Blues: At Washington on Wednesday night, wrapping up a quick visit to the East Coast with back-to-back games.
Bruins: At Ottawa on Thursday night for an Eastern Conference opponent after playing five straight against Western Conference teams.
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