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Kessel extends point streak to 18 games, Bruins beat Blues 6-3

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ST. LOUIS - Phil Kessel had two assists to extend his points streak to 18 games, and former University of Minnesota teammate Blake Wheeler had two first-period goals in the Boston Bruins' 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

Kessel's streak is Boston's longest since Adam Oates had a 20-gamer in 1997-98.

Michael Ryder had a goal and an assist in Boston's fifth straight victory. Shane Hnidy, Marc Savard and Vladimir Sobotka also scored, David Krejci had three first-period assists, and Manny Fernandez made 29 saves.

The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins are 19-3-1 in their last 23 games and 24-5-4 overall, their best 33-game start since the 1929-30 season.

Brad Winchester, Jay McClement and Yan Stastny scored for St. Louis, coming off a 5-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night that snapped a five-game losing streak.

Boston took a 3-2 lead in the first period.

Wheeler opened the scoring at 2:27, and made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal at 4:59. Winchester made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:18, and McClement scored on a short-handed breakaway with 3:09 left. Hnidy then gave the Bruins the lead again with a power-play goal with 2:16 to go.

The Blues tied it 3-3 when Stastny knocked in Keith Tkachuk's centring feed at 2:46 of the second period, but Boston regained control on Ryder's power-play goal at 9:34 and Savard's goal at 16:57.

Chris Mason replaced Blues goalie Manny Legace after the second period. Legace, who beat Minnesota on Saturday, allowed five goals on 23 shots.

Sobotka scored with 4:11 left in the third.

Notes: The Bruins' victory was their first over the Blues since Jan. 30, 2001. The Blues won six straight previous meetings. ... Wheeler tied the Blues' Patrik Berglund for most goals by a rookie with 11. ... Bruins D Dennis Wideman returned to St. Louis for the first time since his trade to Boston two years ago. ... Blues F David Backes had a career-best four-game goal scoring streak snapped. ... Fernandez is 11-1-1 in his last 14 games. ... Blues D Tyson Strachan had his first NHL point.

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