The Blackhawks and Bruins met up for the first time since the Stanley Cup Finals and the first period was a very good memory of what a great series that was played last June. Marian Hossa made a great play on the defensive end which led to a 2 on 1 with Patrick Sharp making a nice pass back to Hossa for an early 1-0 lead for the Hawks. Sharp had another great pass on a 3 on 2 to Jonathan Toews but Tuukka Rask came up big which he did the rest of the first period for the Boston Bruins. Corey Crawford was strong in the first period and he had to be when the Hawks starting turning over the puck with Sheldon Brookbank coughing up the biggest one that led to a breakaway that Crawford turned away. In the final minute of the period another Hawks turnover led to Brad Marshand goal and a tie game heading to intermission.
Marshand struck again seemingly as quickly in the 2nd period as he did to finish off the 1st period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead very early into the 2nd period. The Bruins outplayed the Hawks in the early part of the 2nd period, but Crawford stopped everything else the Bruins had in store for the rest of the period. One of the strangest plays you will see happened to the Captain later in the period with Jonathan Toews breaking his stick and throwing it into the crowd not only did he miss an open Patrick Sharp but he picked up a 10 minute misconduct for the fan souvenir. With Toews still in the box the 4th line did some damage and it ended with Brandon Bollig scoring from a terrible angle to tie up the contest. The horn sounded and just like the first period it was all tied heading to the intermission!
The third period was great hockey with tons of end to end action with both teams having very good chances, but neither team could get one past the other teams goalie. Marshand was the best player on the ice all day for the Bruins and if he wasn’t scoring he was just being his annoying self. The Hawks did their best to score but just couldn’t solve Rask. The Hawks 4th line also had another good game with the Bollig goal and Ben Smith playing another solid game. Overtime started with the Hawks on a powerplay but it didn’t end up with a score and the rest of the bonus 5 minutes was end to end action. The shootout was decided by Patrick Kane after Toews and Marshand had scored for their respective teams. The shootout goal by Kane broke the Hawks shootout loss streak and it ended Kane’s 0-9 streak in shootouts this season.
-The Hawks improve to 32-8-11
-The Hawks are 25-0-5 when scoring first
-Joel Quenneville ties Dick Irvin Sr for 3rd all-time with 692 regular season wins.
– The Hawks are 2-0 in this stretch of playing the Ducks, Bruins, and Red Wings!
-Back at it Wednesday night against Detroit!
LET’S GO HAWKS!!