Sunday, January 19, 2014

Blackhawks beat Bruins in shootout 3-2


Game summary video of Bruins @ Blackhawks on January 19, 2014.
The Bruins played the Chicago Blackhawks today, a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals last season and it did feel like a playoff game with the speed of the game. In the first period the Blackhawks looked faster and more focused than the Bruins but Bruins Brad Marchand scored two goals to get the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Blackhawks tough guy Brandon Bollig would score a bad goal against Tuukka Rask which tied the game and the game would eventually go to a shootout where Blackhawks Patrick Kane would win it for the home team.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blackhawks Marian Hossa scored, making it 1-0 Blackhawks. With 19 seconds left in the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 13th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, 50 seconds into the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Blackhawks Brandon Bollig scored, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Bruins Ryan Spooner didn't score; Blackhawks Jonathan Toews scored; Bruins Patrice Bergeron didn't score; Blackhawks Patrick Sharp didn't score; Bruins Brad Marchand scored; and Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 35 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 22-12-3 with a 2.11 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 32-24 and faceoff wins 28-25. The Blackhawks led the game in shots 37-36 and blocked shots 18-12. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 0-for-2.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
For some reason Bruins coach Claude Julien had Ryan Spooner as the first shooter for the shootout and he hit the post. I don't get why Spooner would be put in the shootout. From the games I've seen him in, he is not a shooter, he's a playmaker. He doesn't appear to have a really strong wrist shot or any deke moves.

Defenseman Matt Bartkowski seems to take a holding penalty every game now and is out of position at times. He should be scratched whenever Dougie Hamilton returns to the lineup. Bartkowski took two minor penalties in this game, one for holding and one for cross-checking.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid did not return to the game after the second period and it doesn't look like he'll play in tomorrow's game. The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence (AHL) Sunday night.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-15-3 with 63 points and are tied for 1st with the Tampa Bay Lightning but the Bruins have two games in hand on the Lightning. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow against the Los Angeles Kings in Boston at 3pm ET.

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