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Veteran Recchi scores twice in Bruins' 5-3 win over Blackhawks

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BOSTON - Mark Recchi scored twice as the Boston Bruins snapped a three-game winless streak with a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Recchi was Boston's major acquisition at the trade deadline and after debuting against Phoenix in a disappointing loss on Thursday, Recchi started paying dividends. He jump-started a Bruins' offence that has sputtered through the last 12 games.

Boston avoided tying its longest losing streak of the season and won for the fourth time in the last 13 games. Chicago lost for the fourth time in the last six games.

David Krejci, Phil Kessel and P.J. Axelsson had Boston's other goals.

Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago.

Chicago's third-period rally fell short after Versteeg and Kane both scored to narrow Boston's lead to 4-3. Versteeg beat Tim Thomas with a wrist shot at 10:26 and Kane followed 4:08 later beating Thomas through a screen.

Recchi put Boston ahead 1-0 when he tipped the puck through the pads of Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet at 10:19 of the first.

Toews tied it during a stretch of 11 straight shots by the Blackhawks, notching his 27th of the season with 4:49 remaining in the second. Toews also assisted on Kane's goal and has five goals and two assists in his last four games.

Krejci and Recchi responded for Boston with two shots and two goals over the next 65 seconds. Krejci squeezed a shot inside the left post and Recchi re-directed a Dennis Wideman shot for a 3-1 lead at 16:16 of the second.

Wideman and Patrice Bergeron added two assists and Thomas made 32 saves for Boston.

Kessel scored his 27th for Boston after Blackhawks defenceman Brian Campbell fell down at the blue-line and Kessel converted a 3-on-2 with Milan Lucic and Marc Savard 1:35 into the third.

Huet came into the game with a 10-3 record and 1.91 goals-against average in 14 career starts versus the Bruins and had 34 saves.

The Bruins swept Chicago after beating the Blackhawks 2-1 in November and have taken at least one point in the last five games against the Blackhawks.

Axelsson added an empty-net goal at 19:27 for the Bruins.

Notes: Newly acquired Bruins defenceman Steve Montador missed the game with the flu. ... Chicago dropped to 7-3-3 against the Eastern Conference. ... Blake Wheeler was a healthy scratch for the first time this season for the Bruins. He is tied for first in the NHL with a plus 32. ... Neither team has shut out the other since 1978. ... Savard hasn't scored a goal in 12 games. Martin Havlat had his nine-game scoring streak snapped for Chicago.

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