The Bruins defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at the United Center. Chicago finished the regular season with a 26-10-6 mark on home ice. Their 26 home victories share fourth in the league. Artemi Panarin and Jordin Tootoo each recorded goals for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 26 saves and is now 32-17-3 this year.
Chicago owns a 58-54-9-8 all-time record against Colorado, including a 22-31-6-2 mark on the road. Tonight's contest concludes the four-game regular-season series between the clubs. The Blackhawks hold a 3-0-1 record against the Avalanche this season. Jonathan Toews (4G, 1A), Marian Hossa (2G, 3A) and Panarin (2G, 3A) share the team lead with five points each vs. Colorado this year.
Panarin was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending April 2 after leading the league with five goals in four games. The 25-year-old ranks 10th in the league with 72 points (29G, 43A) and has eclipsed the 70-point mark in each of his first two NHL campaigns. He is one goal away from reaching the 30-goal mark in his first two NHL seasons, becoming just the fourth player to do so since 2005 (Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin). Panarin extended his point streak (5G, 1A) to four games with a goal vs. the Bruins on Sunday and has now opened the scoring for Chicago in four straight games.
Tootoo netted his second goal of the year against BOS ... Richard Panik picked up an assist. He has recorded seven points (5G, 2A) over his last 10 games and has a career-high 43 points (22G, 21A) this year ... Brent Seabrook notched two assists vs. the Bruins. He has three helpers over his last two games and shares fifth among Western Conference defensemen with 36 assists this season ... Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked a team-high four shots. He is fourth in the league with 181 blocked shots this year.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Nathan MacKinnon: The first-overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft leads Colorado in points (51), assists (35) and game-winning goals (4). He reached 200 career points with two assists on March 23 vs. EDM, becoming the youngest player in Avalanche history to reach the mark. MacKinnon is the second player from the 2013 draft class to accomplish the feat (CGY's Monahan).
LW J.T. Compher: A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Compher made his NHL debut on March 2 at Ottawa. He was a finalist for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award after recording 63 points (16G, 47A) in 38 games while captaining the Michigan Wolverines as a junior.
C Matt Duchene: A native of Haliburton, Ontario, Duchene is second on the club in points and goals. He leads all NHL skaters in faceoff win percentage (62.8). He has won a league-best 66.9 percent of faceoffs at home. Duchene's goal on March 15 vs. DET was his 414th career point, tying Valeri Kamensky for 10th on the franchise's all-time points list.