By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Hockey Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins' best players took the criticism to heart.
They weren't good enough through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final and needed to be better. And they were.
The stars came out on Saturday night and propelled Boston to a 7-2 rout of the St. Louis Blues to take a 2-1 series lead. Bergeron and defenseman Torey Krug each scored a goal and had two assists, David Pastrnak scored his first goal of the series and the top power-play unit was a perfect 4 for 4.
Boston chased Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, silenced Jon Hamm and a raucous crowd that was fired up for the first Cup Final game in St. Louis in 49 years.
Nothing was more important for the Bruins than the first line of Brad Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak getting going after no even-strength points through the first two games. They combined for five points in a decidedly better effort at 5-on-5 and on the power play.
Game 4 is Monday night.