The Boston Bruins’ offense has been firing on all cylinders of late, but that wasn’t the case Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Blackhawks.
One day after beating the Blackhawks 7-4 in Boston, the B’s fell 3-1 at the United Center.
Chicago led 1-0 for most of the game before Boston tied it midway through the third period, but two late goals propelled the Hawks to the win. The B’s win streak ends at six.
The Bruins fall to 43-16-8, while the Blackhawks improve to 30-32-8.
Here’s how it all went down.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not play because of an upper body injury.
The Blackhawks opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal. Jonathan Toews’ slap shot from the left faceoff circle was tipped in front of the net by Artem Anisimov.
The Bruins took two offensive zone penalties and another while in possession of the puck, which put the Hawks on the power play three times in the first period. The B’s were lucky to escape the opening period trailing only 1-0 without two of their best penalty killers in Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
NO LUCK IN THE SECOND
The Bruins certainly had their chances to tie the score in the second period, but they just couldn’t find the back of the net. Boston attempted 24 shots in the period, nine more than Chicago, but Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg stood tall. The B’s also had a 14-11 edge in shots on goal during the second frame.
David Pastrnak had a breakaway scoring chance midway through the period, and Forsberg rose to the challenge.
ALL TIED UP
The Bruins finally scored when Zdeno Chara’s wrist shot at 10:57 of the third period beat Forsberg and evened the score at a goal apiece. It was Chara’s seventh goal of the season and his first in the last 11 games. Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci picked up assists on the goal.
BLACKHAWKS GO AHEAD
The Hawks took advantage of Chara’s double-minor penalty for high sticking Brandon Saad and scored on the first portion of the power play when Patrick Kane ripped a shot past Anton Khudobin high glove side. The goal came with just 3:16 left to play in regulation.
Brent Seabrook added an insurance tally with 1:05 left to play to give the Hawks a 3-1 edge that they would protect the rest of the way.
The Bruins travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET.
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