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With Lessons Learned, Blues Ready for Boston

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Any player in the locker room will tell you the last two games have been, for the most part, uncharacteristic of the Blues’ style of play.

The Blues gave up a late 1-0 lead against the Florida Panthers before eventually taking a 2-1 shootout victory Sunday. On Tuesday, the Blues were trailing 3-0 in the first period before dropping a 4-1 decision at home to Dallas.

“Is it easy (to put it behind us)? No. We’ve got to learn some lessons and bring our best effort,” Blues captain David Backes said after today’s morning skate. “Every two points is incredibly tough to get in this league. It takes a lot of sacrifice and hard effort to win. We didn’t bring that against Dallas and they took it to us. Hopefully that lesson’s learned and we bring it all tonight.”

The Blues will host a Boston Bruins team (7 p.m., FSMW, KMOX) that has lost five consecutive games and is clinging to the last wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Boston is 0-1-2 on a five-game road trip entering tonight’s game against the Blues.

“I don’t think any of that really matters when you’re playing the Bruins,” Jake Allen said of the Bruins’ struggles. “They’re a top team in the League for the last five or six years for a reason. They have a lot of offensive talent over there, sound defense and great goaltending. We’re definitely going to have our hands full.”

The Blues met the Bruins on Nov. 18 in Boston earlier this season. Tuukka Rask registered a 33-save shutout in a 2-0 victory for the Bruins.

“The game in Boston was outstanding, both teams played really well, they were probably a little bit quicker than we were to loose pucks, which made a difference,” Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It was a really well-played hockey game. I expect the same thing again. Two good teams looking for points.”

“It’s a team sport. We need to have 20 guys in here on the right page to win a game,” added Backes. “(Our line) had an off game against Dallas and you’re not going to be great every night, but we’ve got to bring something to the table that helps our team win.”

AN ADDED EDGE

Defenseman Petteri Lindbohm was recalled from the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday, and Hitchcock said he’ll play tonight.

“He brings an edge to our game, he’s got size,” Hitchcock said. “He’s a young guy, a little bit green, but he’s got great energy and a real feistiness to him. He loves the competition.”

Lindbohm has played 41 games for the Wolves this season, recording 17 points (six goals, 11 assists). He’s also played nine games with the Blues this season, collecting one-assist.

Tonight, he’ll take Chris Butler’s place in the lineup.

“Where the season’s at right now, we want to get a really good look at him to see if he can help us now and down the stretch,” Hitchcock said.

BLUE NOTES

Allen gets the start tonight against the Bruins. Brian Elliott will be in goal on Saturday when the Blues host the Penguins.

Alexander Steen has one goal and three assists in his last five games against Boston.

The Blues have won two of the last three games against the Bruins, including a 3-2 overtime win in the last matchup at Scottrade Center.

Malcolm Subban, the younger brother of Montreal's P.K. Subban, is expected to make his NHL debut tonight in goal for the Bruins.

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