Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2

January, 19, 2014
Jan 19
2:25
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Boston Bruins at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: In their first meeting since last year’s Stanley Cup finals, the Blackhawks and Bruins put together another memorable game. Chicago tallied twice in three shootout rounds for the victory. Patrick Kane had been 0-for-9 in the shootout this season before scoring the final shootout goal. The Blackhawks took an early lead when Marian Hossa finished off a pass from Patrick Sharp on an odd-man rush. Brad Marchand scored back-to-back goals to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Marchand scored off a Patrice Bergeron pass in the final minute of the first period and put away another in the first minute of the second period. Brandon Bollig tied the game at 9:44 of the second period. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 35 saves, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 34 saves. The Bruins were 0-for-3 on the power play, and the Blackhawks were 0-for-2, including a 4-on-3 opportunity in overtime.

What it means: Tight games are nothing new for the Blackhawks and Bruins. Three of their six Stanley Cup finals games were decided in overtime. The Blackhawks had a full week of challenges as they hosted the Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks and Bruins. They lost to the Avalanche in overtime Tuesday and knocked off the red-hot Ducks on Friday. The Blackhawks improved to 32-8-11, and the Bruins fell to 30-15-3.

Player of the game: Crawford has a history of playing well against the Bruins.

Stat of the game: Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger had four blocked shots.

What’s next: The Blackhawks hit the road for back-to-back games. They play at the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday and at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26