The Boston Bruins gave one of their most impressive performances of the season Sunday afternoon in a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
The victory ended Boston’s six-game skid (0-4-2) and ensured it didn’t end the five-game road trip without a win. The Bruins will return to TD Garden for a Tuesday night matchup with the Vancouver Canucks.
Here are three quick takeaways from Bruins-Blackhawks:
1. Tuukka Rask Busy In the First Period
Rask was the center of attention in an exciting first period. He robbed Kris Versteeg on a shorthanded breakaway shortly after the Bruins took a 1-0 lead and also made a great save on Patrick Kane.
The final 10 seconds of the period were not Rask’s finest moment. He played the puck in the restricted trapezoid era for a delay of game penalty and Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews scored on the ensuing Chicago power-play with 1.4 seconds left in the period.
After the goal, Rask swung his stick against the post in frustration and Versteeg fell to the ice. Rask was given a slashing penalty.
2. Dominant Second Period Puts Bruins In Control
The Bruins opened up a five-goal lead with four second-period tallies. In fact, Boston’s six goals through two periods matched their total from the previous six games (all losses) combined.
Milan Lucic and Gregory Campbell started the scoring by ending seven and 11-game personal goalless droughts, respectively. Dougie Hamilton scored Boston’s second power-play goal at the 17:27 mark and Reilly Smith added another with four seconds remaining to give the Bruins a 6-1 second-intermission advantage.
The Bruins finished the second period with a 16-7 edge in shots on goal.
3. Bruins’ Road Power-Play Scores Twice
The Bruins entered Sunday’s game ranked 28th in road power-play percentage (11.3) and 30th in road power-play goals (eight).
Boston scored twice against Chicago, once in the first period on a Loui Eriksson deflection and again in the second period when Hamilton blasted a shot from the slot past ‘Hawks goalie Antti Raanta, who entered the game after starter Corey Crawford was pulled.
It was the first time the Bruins scored two power-play goals in a road game all season. The B’s had scored twice with the man advantage in two previous games — Oct. 21 against the San Jose Sharks and Nov. 6 versus the Edmonton Oilers, both at TD Garden.
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