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Postgame Reaction vs. Chicago

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – The Bruins blueliners stepped up and netted the first two goals as Boston defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 tonight in TD Garden.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Chris Campoli (14) looks down as Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and left wing Mark Recchi celebrate a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The Bruins won 3-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Nathan Horton netted the Bruins final goal and Tim Thomas recorded his ninth shutout of the season, as Boston defeated their Original Six foes in the only match-up between the two teams this season.
“They’re a good team that is battling for a playoff spot, so I don’t know if their game had energy as much as they tried to build it from within,” Thomas said.
“That’s what good teams do, and so they built energy towards us, but we were able to fend them off and keep our composure and get the job done.”
After a scoreless first period, Zdeno Chara put Boston on the board at 12:02 of the second period, with his 14th goal of the season. Chara now has 2-5-7 totals in three of his last five games and 3-8-11 totals in his last ten games.
“It’s a long season and sometimes you’re going to get breaks, sometimes you’re going to get bounces. And sometimes you’re going to make really nice plays and sometimes, like I said, it’s totally reversed,” Chara said.
“You won’t get bounces, even still making really nice plays, and goalies make some saves. But usually hard work and desperation and desire and hunger always pays off. It’s nice when those shots go in.”

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk followed Chara’s goal up just 2:20 later with a blast from the right point that found the back of the net behind Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.
“It was, somebody rimming the puck and then [Mark Recchi] came off the bench and just, basically just touched it so it would stop, and I just shot it on net and it kind of knuckled in there,” Boychuk said of his third goal of the year.
B’s forward Mark Recchi recorded an assist on the tally, placing him into 12th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.
“It’s great. I mean it comes in another big win for us and makes it that much more sweeter. The guys played a good game tonight and we got things going and we want to continue it. They’re fun,” Recchi said after the game.
“Obviously right now it’s, these guys probably get more excited than I do right now, but at the end of my career I’ll look back and be proud of what I did and how long I played.”
Boston maintained pressure in Chicago’s zone throughout the entire game, recording 34 shots on goal.
The Blackhawks made a solid attempt at a comeback in the third period, out-shooting Boston 15-4, but Thomas stood on his head once again for Boston, and Horton sealed the victory with his 24th goal of the year.
“When we scored that third goal that’s tough. Probably not on purpose, that’s human nature to tense up a little bit. Having said that, we battled through it and still were in the right places, and we didn’t get all scrambley and stuff,” Thomas said.
“Like we did make some mistakes, but overall position-wise, that’s the word I was looking for, position-wise, we were still pretty good.”
Despite having already clinched a playoff spot, the Bruins are looking to continue their high level of play heading into the post-season.
“It doesn’t matter that you clinch, I mean you still have to play desperate hockey. And especially the teams we are facing are playing for their playoff spots, playoff positions,” Chara said.
“And if you don’t match it and if you don’t play the way you’re supposed to, you’re going to get embarrassed and that’s certainly not what we want. And for us, it’s the same thing.

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