Despite a furious third-period rally, the Chicago Blackhawks bow 3-2 to the red-hot Boston Bruins
The Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t overcome an early two-goal deficit and fell to the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Sunday’s nationally televised marquee matchup at the United Center. Spotting the Bruins two first-period goals, the Blackhawks shaved the deficit to one late in the second period on Artemi Panarin’s 29th tally of the season, and again midway through the third on a goal by Jordin Tootoo. But Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 39 of 41 shots and slammed the door on a furious assault by the ‘Hawks late in the game to preserve the B’s fifth straight victory and earn a split in the season series with Chicago.
Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 27 shots on net, and Brent Seabrook posted two assists and five shots as the Blackhawks ran their season record to 50-22-7 and 107 points, three behind the Washington Capitals who have two games in hand in the race for the President’s Trophy atop the NHL.
Here are five thoughts as the Blackhawks head west to end the regular season with a three-game road trip.
Bread Man delivers
Artemi Panarin’s 29th marker of the season extended his goal-scoring streak to four consecutive games, and puts him just one shy of being the first player to score at least 30 goals in each of his first two seasons in the NHL since Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin both did it in 2006-2007. Pretty impressive company.
In 17 games since Mar.1, Bread Man notched nine goals and seven assists and along with linemate Patrick Kane, whose 22 points in March earned him the NHL’s third star of the month, generates a seriously potent scoring machine as the ‘Hawks get ready to enter the playoffs.