Bruins hope to keep rolling against Blues

Boston (23-5-4) at St. Louis (13-16-3), 6:00 p.m. EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) — Despite a rash of recent injuries, the
Boston Bruins have made it loud and clear that they are an elite
team in the Eastern Conference.

Seeking their fifth straight win and 10th in 11 tries, the
Bruins visit the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Boston is enjoying their fifth winning stretch of three contests
or more this season but will likely be without Patrice Bergeron,
who was the victim of an open-ice collision with the Carolina’s
Dennis Seidenberg in a 4-2 victory on Saturday.

Marco Sturm was also placed on long-term injured reserve with a
knee injury that will keep him out at least 30 days.

David Krejci scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period, two
nights after notching his first career hat trick in the Bruins’
8-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Boston has been propelled by Phil Kessel, who has 14 goals and
12 assists during a 17-game point streak. That marks the
longest stretch in team history since Adam Oates’ 20-game run in

St. Louis, meanwhile, snapped a five-game losing streak with a
4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

David Backes scored for the fourth straight game, and has seven
in his last 11. He had six tallies in his previous 28 games.

After missing five games with a concussion, Manny Legace
returned to the lineup against the Wild and made 24 saves for
the Blues, who are 3-6-1 in December.