It wasn’t always pretty, but the Boston Bruins ultimately beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-4 at TD Garden on Saturday to pick up their sixth straight win.
The B’s got off to an early 2-0 lead, but Chicago tied the score in the blink of an eye. The Blackhawks totally outplayed Boston in the second frame, entering the locker room with a 4-3 lead.
But the Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the third to pick up the thrilling victory on home ice.
The B’s improved to 43-15-8 with the win, while Chicago dropped to 29-33-8 with the loss.
Here’s how it all went down:
BRUINS START STRONG
Through 15 minutes, it looked as if the Bruins were going to coast to an easy victory.
Noel Acciari got the snake-bitten fourth line off the schneid, burying the game’s first goal at 11:27. The winger’s eighth goal of the season was made possible by a shorthanded breakaway chance from Sean Kuraly, whose shot provided a juicy rebound for his linemate.
Less than three minutes later, David Krejci put the Bruins up 2-0 on the power play. Wide open in the slot, Krejci took a sweet feed from Jake DeBrusk and fired the puck past Blackhawks goalie Jean-Francois Berube.
The ice quickly tilted in Chicago’s favor after that, however.
CHICAGO FIGHTS BACK
The Hakws didn’t visit TD Garden to go down without a fight.
Chicago responded to the Bruins’ flurry by scoring two goals in under a minute. The first came from Jonathan Toews, who tipped home a shot from defenseman Erik Gustafsson.
Gustafsson himself scored less than 30 seconds later to tie the score 4-4.
The Bruins outshot the Blackhawks 13-12 for the period.
BACK-AND-FORTH SECOND PERIOD
The Blackhawks (briefly) seized control of the game in the second frame.
Chicago center John Hayden scored at 6:37 to give the visiting team a 3-2 lead. It was the fourth goal of the season for Hayden, who the Blackhawks recalled from the AHL on Friday.
Krejci responded at 10:05 to tie the game. Again on the power play, Krejci took another great pass from DeBrusk, who deked out a defender and slid the puck across the crease.
But the Blackhawks responded in kind, as Matthew Highmore scored his first goal of the season to give Chicago a 4-3 lead at the second intermission.
The B’s outshot the Hawks 12-7 in the second stanza.
As they’ve done so often this season, the Bruins came up big in the third period.
David Pastrnak, Brian Gionta and Rick Nash all scored within three minutes, with Gionta’s tally coming on the power play. Kuraly eventually scored an empty-netter to put the Bruins up 7-4.
Check out the B’s three-goal explosion:
For the game, the Bruins outshot the Blackhawks 40-27, and outhit their 2013 Stanley Cup Finals counterpart 26-17. Boston was an impressive 4-for-6 on the power play.
No rest for the weary. Both teams will travel to Chicago for a rematch Sunday afternoon. Puck drop at the United Center is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.
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