Sunday afternoon marked the first time the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins played each other since last year`s Stanley Cup final, but the two teams picked up right where they left off. The game was fast paced, physical, and you can definitely tell the teams still hate each other.
Marian Hossa opened the scoring in the first period off a nice pass from Patrick Sharp. The goal is Hossa`s 20th of the season and fifth in the last five games. The teams exchanged scoring chances throughout the period, but it wasn`t until 15 minutes later that another goal would be scored. Brad Marchand got the Bruins on the board late in the first period as he snapped a shot past Corey Crawford. This tied the teams up at 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
Marchand would strike again less than a minute into the second period, netting his second goal of the afternoon and 14th of the season. Though there was an intermission between the two, Marchand`s two goals came just 1:09 apart in hockey time. Nine minutes later with the Bruins leading 2-1, Brandon Bollig tied it up as he snuck a wrist shot past Tuukka Rask. Bollig`s goal came on a nice play from Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith as he played the puck to Marcus Kruger behind the net instead of forcing a shot through traffic.
The teams went scoreless in the third period and needed overtime. The Blackhawks had a power play opportunity in overtime, spending just under two minutes on a 4-on-3. However, the Bruins held their own and the teams headed to a shootout.
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring for the Blackhawks in the first round of the shootout, while Brad Marchand continued his strong play tying it up in the third round. The game was on Patrick Kane`s stick as he could win it with a goal and he did not disappoint as he wristed a speedy shot past Rask to give the Blackhawks the 3-2 victory. The Blackhawks now move to 5-6 in shootouts this season.
With the win, the Blackhawks move to 32-8-11 and have now won two in a row and three of their last four. The Bruins fall to 30-15-3 and are 1-1-1 in their last three.
19:41 BOS GOAL: Brad Marchand (13) assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Adam McQuaid
00:50 BOS GOAL: Brad Marchand 2 (14) assisted by Reilly Smith and Johnny Boychuk
09:44 CHI GOAL: Brandon Bollig (5) assisted by Marcus Kruger and Duncan Keith
Here are some notes from the game:
- Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville picked up his 692nd career win and is now tied for third all-time in wins by a coach. He still trails Scotty Bowman by 452 for the most all-time.
- Marian Hossa becomes the third Blackhawks player this year to reach the 20-goal plateau. Patrick Sharp has 25, while Patrick Kane has 23.
- Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was spectacular as he stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced. Crawford has now won two consecutive games for the first time since late November.
- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask also had a solid game, stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced. Rask would go on to allow two goals in the shootout, but is far from the reason for the Bruins losing this game.
- Bruins forward Gregory Campbell had a few chances to score including a great chance in overtime, however he couldn`t find the back of the net.
- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
NEXT GAME: Wednesday, January 22 @ Detroit Red Wings. 7 pm. CT start.
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