Thursday, March 27, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Blackhawks 0
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins continue their strong push toward the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With a 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at TD Garden, the Bruins have earned points in their past 14 games with a 13-0-1 record in that span.
Boston received a pair of goals from Patrice Bergeron, while Carl Soderberg contributed one en route to victory. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask finished with 28 saves to notch his league-leading seventh shutout of the season.
Thursday's game was the first time the Blackhawks have been back in Boston since winning the Stanley Cup on June 24 at TD Garden. Earlier in the day, Bruins forward David Krejci said it best: "If we win tonight they're not going to give us the Cup. It's just another game."
With the win, Boston now has 106 points to lead the Eastern Conference.
Despite being outplayed for the majority of the opening period, the Bruins gained a 1-0 lead at 11:50. Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski controlled the puck at the blue line, showed patience and waited for his teammates to crash the net. As Bergeron positioned himself in the slot, Bartkowski took the shot from the point and Bergeron redirected past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. The tally was Bergeron's 24th of the season, increasing his goal streak to five games, which is a career best.
Boston held onto its one-goal lead after two periods. In the third, the Bruins scored two goals in a span of 13 seconds to increase their lead to 3-0.
First, Soderberg scored his 14th of the season at 5:28 when he pumped in an indirect pass from linemate Chris Kelly. Then, Bergeron netted his second of the game and 25th of the season at 5:41 when he received a pass from Brad Marchand and easily put it in the open net as Crawford was caught out of position.
With a three-goal cushion, the Bruins kept the attack on and wouldn't allow Chicago a chance to answer.
The Bruins have nine games remaining in the regular season.
Save of the game: Even though Rask posted a shutout, Crawford turned in the best save of the game. The Bruins had a 1-0 advantage late in the second period when David Krejci had a point-blank scoring opportunity and a chance to increase Boston's lead. A scramble ensued in front of the Chicago net when the puck ricocheted into the air, and when it landed Krejci was positioned on the off post and quickly got off a shot. Crawford snared it with his glove to keep the Blackhawks within striking distance.
Up next: The Bruins embark on a four-game road trip through Washington, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto, before returning home to host the Flyers at 1 p.m. on April 5.