Bruins beat Blackhawks behind Patrice Bergeron’s two goals
|03.27.14 at 9:30 pm ET|
For the first time in their last five meetings, the Bruins beat the Blackhawks Thursday at TD Garden with a 3-0 victory.
In the Blackhawks’ first game in Boston since scoring two late goals in 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup, the Bruins were the ones to turn in two quick third-period goals. Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron scored 13 seconds apart in the third to provide the Bruins insurance. Bergeron’s tally was his second of the game.
The Bruins got on the board in the first period when Bergeron tipped a Matt Bartkowski point shot past Corey Crawford. The game remained 1-0 until the third period, when Soderberg scored his 14th goal of the season. Thirteen seconds later, Bergeron fired a loose puck into the empty net with an out-of-position Crawford trying to knock the goal off its moorings. The play was reviewed and ruled a good goal.
Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, picked up his league-leading seventh shutout of the season. The Blackhawks outshot the B’s in the game, though their Grade-A chances were limited.
The win was Boston’s 50th of the season, making them the first team this season to amass 50 victories.
The B’s will next play Saturday in Washington.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– With a two-goal performance, Bergeron now has 25 goals on the season for the second time in his career. Bergeron had 31 goals in the 2005-06 season.
– Bergeron’s five games in a row with a goal is the longest such streak of his career. He has scored Boston’s first goal in all five of those games.
– Chris Kelly turned in some pretty nifty work in front of the net on Soderberg’s goal. In a fraction of a second, Kelly blocked a Johnny Boychuk point shot while battling in front and passed the puck to Soderberg, who sent it past Crawford. Kelly also created a scoring opportunity in the second period by intercepting a pass in the Chicago zone.
– With seven shutouts, Rask might be jumping atop the Vezina leaderboard. Rask is top-three in the league in both save percentage and goals-against average and he leads the NHL in shutouts by two. Rask has never been a Vezina finalist in his career, but should certainly be one this season unless he has a disastrous final few starts.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– This actually worked in Boston’s favor, but spectators of Bruins-Blackhawks games should be accustomed to seeing really good hockey. The Blackhawks’ sloppy showing in the second period made for anything but that. Chicago struggled in its own zone the neutral zone, committing multiple turnovers and giving the B’s a boatload of chances. The Bruins weren’t able to capitalize on them.
– The Bruins were back to their old not-drawing-penalties ways. David Krejci drew Chicago’s lone minor penalty, a trip late in the first period, with the B’s going 0-for-1 on the power play.