ST. LOUIS — — Charlie McAvoy felt like the playoffs were starting Tuesday night.
McAvoy scored 48 seconds into overtime and Jeremy Swayman made 20 saves to help the Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2.
Jake DeBrusk and Taylor Hall also scored for Boston, which earned its second straight win after a season-worst three-game losing streak.
The Bruins were coming off a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, and the back-to-back wins give them some much-needed momentum.
“These are the games it’s going to look like in the playoffs,” McAvoy said. “So it’s definitely not bad to play these games as we grow.”
Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich scored for St. Louis, which snapped a nine-game winning streak.
Swayman, who stopped 23 of 24 shots against Pittsburgh, thwarted Jordan Kyrou from close range midway through the final period with the game tied.
“We know every game is an opportunity to prepare for the playoffs from now on,” Swayman said. “We like (to play) the teams that are going to give us that total effort, every night and we will only get better.”
The Bruins were making their first appearance in St. Louis since a 5-1 win in Game 6 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. The Blues won the crown in seven games.
“We checked very well, limited their chances,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Overall, I think we did a good job against a very good hockey team. This is our game plan. If we play like that, we are difficult to face.
Ville Husso made 32 saves for St. Louis. He had won his previous six starts.
The Blues extended their point streak to 13 straight games, tying a franchise mark set from Jan. 3 to Feb. 3. 5, 2015.
“They checked us well and didn’t give us much,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. “You have to fight for space and that was a good lesson for us.”
Thomas deflected in a backhand attempt from Vladimir Tarasenko with 2.4 seconds left in the second period to tie it 2-all. Thomas extended his career-best point streak to 14 games. He has seven goals and 19 assists during the streak, which is the longest current streak in the NHL.
The Bruins have failed to score on their last 27 power-play attempts.
Hall, Edmonton’s first overall pick in the 2010 draft, deflected a shot from Derek Forbort midway through the second period to break a tie at 1 all. It was Hall’s 17th goal of the season and first in eight games.
DeBrusk blocked a close-range shot just 93 seconds into the second period to tie the game.
The Blues had scored at least four goals in their last 12 games, a franchise record.
“The total team effort, it was awesome to watch,” Swayman said. “Our guys communicate well, take pride in the defensive zone, block shots, make simple plays. These are things that we are working on, it is great to see them appear for us.
Boston goalies Linus Ullmark, with 23 wins, and Jeremy Swayman, with 22 wins, are the only pair to win more than 20 in the NHL this season.
WELCOME TO THE HOUSE
Boston C Trent Frederic grew up in St. Louis and made his first appearance as a member of the Bruins on Tuesday. A 2016 graduate of De Smet Jesuit High, Frederic has a career-high six goals.
Bruins: Play Pittsburgh on Thursday,
Blues: Begin a four-game road trip to San Jose on Thursday.