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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (31-17-8)

Away: Chicago Blackhawks (23-24-9)

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Chicago’s Lineup













First Period

Both teams had some early chances as the they looked locked in from the very beginning. Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring just 4:22 into the game as his shot somewhat got through Tuukka Rask’s blocker and into the net.


The Bruins fourth line responded with a very solid shift but Colin Delia stood tall to preserve the early lead. After a collision in front of the Chicago net, Brad Marchand was somehow called for goaltender interference after being pushed into Delia by Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks picked up the game’s first power play. Zdeno Chara was called for roughing during the man advantage, giving the Blackhawks a five on three.

The B’s killed both penalties as Rask and the defense held up to keep it a one goal game. The B’s continued to get the better of the scoring chances as they developed an offensive rhythm in the middle stages of the period. The Bruins got a power play after a tripping penalty to Brent Seabrook. David Krejci tied the game on a one timer after a beauty of a feed from Patrice Bergeron.


The Bruins continued to be hounds on the puck and Danton Heinen was rewarded with a rebound goal after a shot by Chara to give the B’s the lead.


The B’s continued to be quick to the puck, forcing turnovers and getting good scoring chances from good areas in the Chicago end. The Bruins made it three consecutive goals as Marchand buried a feed from Heinen in front of the net with about a minute to go in the period.


Score: 3-1 Bruins

Second Period

Rask had to make a few stops in the opening moments of the middle period as he looked to be a lot sharper than in the first period. After a slow start to the period, the game started to open up as both teams got their skating game going. The second line started to find an offensive rhythm in the middle part of the period as Jake DeBrusk seemed to have a hop in his step.

Another great shift by the fourth line nearly resulted in the Bruins extending the lead but Delia continued to have a strong period to keep it a two goal game. Krejci was cut down in the attacking zone which resulted in another Boston power play with 8:11 to go in the period. The Blackhawks killed off the penalty as the Bruins failed to get any significant scoring opportunities.

The B’s would get another man advantage opportunity as Heinen was roughed up in the neutral zone with just over four minutes left in the period. Jonathan Toews was called for a high stick just 20 seconds into the power play as the B’s would get a five on three. The Blackhawks killed the penalty but DeBrusk scored immediately following the man advantage to make it a three goal lead.


Duncan Keith cut into the lead with a slap shot from the top of the circle with only 22 seconds to go in the period as the Hawks got a huge goal.


Score: 4-2 Bruins

Third Period

The Bruins went to the penalty kill early in the period as Toews was taken down by Sean Kuraly in the attacking zone just 1:16 into the final frame. The B’s killed it off despite four shots on goal by the Hawks. Both Noel Acciari and John Hayden went off for roughing minors which resulted in a four on four situation. Erik Gustafsson found the back of the net as he walked in on Rask and beat him with a wrist shot to make it a one goal game.


The Hawks were hit with another penalty during the four on four which resulted in yet another Boston power play. Peter Cehlarik made it a two goal lead again after two great plays by Heinen and Torey Krug on the man advantage.


The Bruins continued to push for another goal as they peppered Delia with shots from all angles. Rask improved his play in the third period as he withstood a few Chicago rallies. Krejci made it two on the night after an outstanding shift and a sweet feed from Marchand to make it 6-3 Bruins with over four minutes remaining.


Final Score: 6-3 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Heinen. The young winger had perhaps his best game of the season with three points and looked like the impressive player from last season.

Second Star: DeBrusk. Number 74 was at his best in this one and found the back of the net on a great tip and also added two assists.

Third Star: Krejci. The center was solid in this game and was a great finisher, scoring two goals.

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