BOSTON BRUINS (49-17-6) VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (42-16-15)
9:30 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL: BOS 3, CHI 0
BRUINS BOUNCE BACK: After a shootout loss to the Canadiens on Monday, the Bruins bounced back against the Blackhawks, defeating Chicago 3-0. The B's got two tallies from Patirce Bergeron and one from Carl Soderberg in the victory, while Tuukka Rask gave the Black & Gold another solid night between the pipes for his 33rd win and the team's 50th.
BRUINS SCORE TWICE IN 13 SECONDS: Carl Soderberg gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead when he chipped in a puck that deflected off Chris Kelly screening in front, past Corey Crawford for his 14th goal of the year. Just 13 seconds later, Brad Marchand, from behind the net, fed Patrice Bergeron just outside the slot with Crawford caught way out of position, which Bergeron was able to convert on for his second tally of the game. The goal marks Bergeron's 25th goal of the year.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Saturday in Washington, DC as they take on the Capitals at 12:30 p.m. ET.
8:31 p.m. - Second period Snapshots: BOS 1, CHI 0
DOUGIE NEARLY CONVERTS: With just over five minutes to go in the second period, Dougie Hamilton nearly converted on a three-on-two rush into the Chicago zone with Carl Soderberg feeding him in the slot. Hamilton hesitated for a split second to collect the puck and then wristed one high, which beat Crawford, but was just a touch wide as it caromed around the boards. Great patience by shown Hamilton to get a higher percentage shot on net and by Soderberg for waiting to find an open seam to feed Hamilton the puck in a good location to allow him to get a shot off.
B'S BEST CHANCES: Bergeron nearly tipped home his second tally of the game at approximately the 13:10 mark, when Reilly Smith sent in a pass from the left faceoff circle as Bergeron was driving the net. Bergeron tipped the puck on its way to the net, but Crawford was well-positioned and able to deflect the puck out wide, to keep it a one-goal game... The Bruins had another opporunity at the 11:10 mark when Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly battled for a loose puck on the doorstep of the Chicago crease, but neither Bruin was able to get an effective shot on net with the Blackhawks swarming all over them.
7:51 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CHI 0
BRUINS GET A MAN-ADVANTAGE: With 1:48 to go in the first period the Black & Gold were awarded a man-advantage when Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson was assessed a tripping minor. The Bruins weren't able to generate much momentum throughout the duration of the power play, but the B's will still start the second with 12 seconds of remaining power play time and a chance start the period with momentum. At the conclusion of the first perio,d the Bruins were outshooting the Blackhaws 10-8, with Bergeron and Hamilton leading the way with three apiece.
BART SETS UP BERGY: With 8:10 to go in the first frame of action, Matt Bartkowski set up Patrice Bergeron by ripping a shot from just below the blueline that Bergeron was able to tip past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford for a 1-0 lead. The goal extends Bergeron's point streak to six games with 5-2=7 totals during that span while extending his goal streak to five games which is a career best. The assist marks Bartkowski's 16th of the season with Daniel Paille picking up the secondary assist for his ninth.
B'S KILL FIRST PENALTY OF THE NIGHT: Matt Bartkowski was called for holding at 1:38 into the first period putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time this evening. Tuukka Rask and the B's held strong as Rask made two saves on both Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson while Kevan Miller was credited with one block during the two-minute penalty. The B's were ultimately able to kill off the infraction without any damage inflicted.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CHI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (32-14-5, 2.05 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Crawford (29-13-10, 2.20 GAA, .919 Save %). Rask is 0-0-1 with a 1.89 GAA and .939 save % in two career games against Chicago. Crawford is 1-1-1 with a 2.21 GAA and .935 save % in three career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks will meet for the 580th time in their franchise histories this evening. The B’s have compiled a 261-235-79-4 record in those matchups and have outscored Chicago, 1,819-1,757. The Black & Gold are 164-90-34-0 in their 288 lifetime meetings against the Hawks in Boston, with the B’s holding a scoring advantage of 1,036-827 in those contests. The Bruins are 6-1-2 in their last nine games vs. the Blackhawks overall and are 5-2-0 in their last seven in Boston.
B’S SHOW SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES OF FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS: Before tonight’s game the Bruins will hold a moment of silence to show support for Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy who lost their lives in Wednesday’s tragic fire in the Back Bay. Proceeds from tonight's 50/50 raffle and the four glass seats raffled off earlier today will benefit the Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund. The Bruins will be wearing Boston Fire Department hats to show their support during warmups before this evening’s matchup. Tonight’s national anthem will feature members of the Boston Fire Department’s Honor Guard.
THE BUZZ ON CUTS FOR A CAUSE: On March 26, Shawn Thornton teamed up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and 20 of his teammates for the seventh annual "Cuts for a Cause" event at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Thornton and teammates shaved their heads by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Shawn Thornton Foundation, Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Over $120,000 was raised for the three foundations. The top three bids for the event were Patrice Bergeron ($3,220), Milan Lucic ($3,020) and Adam McQuaid ($1,170).
STREAKING: Entering tonight, the Bruins have a 13-game point streak at 12-0-1, including a 12-game win streak from March 2 – 22, which was their longest such streak since a 13-game stretch from February 23 – March 20, 1971 and is the third longest streak in team history... Patrice Bergeron and Dougie Hamilton ride point-streaks heading into tonight’s matchup, with Bergeron tallying 4-2=6 totals in his last five contests and Hamilton recording four assists in his last three games.
BERGERON INVITES DANNY KEEFE & HIS TEAMMATES IN FOR TONIGHT'S GAME: Danny Keefe, a Bridgewater first grader, will be Patrice Bergeron's guest for Patrice’s Pals tonight. Danny, who suffers from a speech impediment, wears a suit, tie, and fedora to school every day. When kids at the school began bullying Danny for his speech impediment along with his choice of clothing, the Bridgewater Peewee Football team decided to stand behind their Water Coach and host a "Danny Appreciation Day". On "Danny Appreciation Day", the entire Peewee Football team wore suits and ties to school to stand in solidarity with their teammate. The Bruins are hosting Danny and his teammates for tonight's game to reward their bravery and efforts to stop bulling. Following tonight's game, Danny will have a private meet-and-greet with Bergeron and other Bruins.
CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. Tonight, B’s legend John Bucyk will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin the night's tribute to the Bruins of the 1950's.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Tonight marks the first game of a three-game road stretch for the Blackhawks that will also see them play the Ottawa Senators on March 28 and the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 30… Chicago ranks first in the league with 3.27 goals per game and leads the league with 239 goals… Patrick Sharp leads the Blackhawks in point and goal production with 71 and 30 (11th in the NHL), respectively… Marian Hossa ranks second in the NHL with 71 takeaways… Andrew Shaw has points in eight of his last 10 games (five goals, five assists) and has career highs in points (35), goals (19) and assists (17) this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 41-for-202 (20.3%, 7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 200-for-239 (83.7%, 9th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 48-for-234 (20.5%, 6th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 188-for-230 (81.7%, 17th NHL).