Boston Bruins power past Chicago Blackhawks

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2018

In a game that featured 67 shots on net, 11 goals and four lead changes, it was the Boston Bruins' power-play unit that made the different in a back-and-forth shootout with the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday at TD Garden.

Khudobin ran out of answers a few minutes after the game was tied, when defenseman Zdeno Chara drew a double minor for high sticking Saad at 16:26 of the third. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays.

Marchand's absence reduced the Bruins to 11 forwards and they eventually wore down in yesterday's 3-1 loss at the United Center.

Marchand, who has a team-high 29 goals and 69 points - five goals and six assists in his last five games - collided with Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair in the first period of Saturday's contest between the teams in Boston.

Seems like yesterday that two Original Six teams went toe-to-toe in the Stanley Cup final; Chicago prevailing, 4-2, over Boston.

"We're comfortable in all sorts of games and obviously when things need to be tightened up, we do that as well", said Gionta, who played just his fifth game since signing with the Bruins.

In an afternoon tilt that did not feature Tuukka Rask's best (the birthday boy allowed four goals on 27 shots against), the lift from the B's power play was more than appreciated.

"For 40 minutes we were decent".

Cassidy does not anticipate hearing from the NHL Department of Player Safety concerning the Marchand hit on Duclair, who is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

Rask had a tale of two games Saturday with four goals on his first 19 shots. So chalk this one up as a missed opportunity to gain some ground against a team that won't be playing in the playoffs this season. "The first goal, Artie got the tip on it".

Gionta, the captain of the USA team at the Pyeongchang Olympics, scored the go-ahead goal 8:02 into the third by tapping in a rebound at the edge of the crease.

Forsberg blocked a deflection by Rick Nash 4:30 into the third, then stopped the Boston forward at the edge of the crease with a pad save later in the same shift.

John Hayden, just recalled from the AHL Saturday morning, beat Rask on a routine 15-foot shot from the left dot at 6:37 of the second frame to put Chicago up, 3-2.

Jake DeBrusk sent a seeing-eye pass across to a solo David Krejci. He did have a pair of assists, but the day belonged to the Bruins' special teams, which scored five goals.

With possession in their favor for nearly two full minutes - and with two great keep-ins from Nick Holden - the Bruins cycled the puck around and when DeBrusk's blast on net created a rebound, Brian Gionta was on the doorstep for the go-ahead goal. Krejci, positioned in the slot, one-timed DeBrusk's pass from the left corner over J-F Berube's left shoulder. Gustafsson fired a shot from almost the identical spot that beat Rask to the same side, tying it at 14:56.

Krug was doubled over and needed help off the ice and into the team's dressing room.

The Bruins' winger was called for interference on the play.

"I was trying to play the puck", he said.

"I was coming up ice and I think he was coming down the forecheck and we both got caught in the train tracks and we both didn't know which direction to go, but we just kind of tried to avoid each other", Marchand told reporters after the game.

Personally, though it does look like he tries to avoid contact with Duclair.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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