The Associated Press
CHICAGO–One day after a flurry of Boston power-play goals doomed them, Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks tightened up and turned the tables on the Bruins.
Kane scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 3:16 left in the third period, and had an assist, as the Blackhawks beat Boston 3-1 yesterday afternoon.
Kane scored on a screened shot from just inside the left point to put Chicago up 2-1 with Boston’s Zdeno Chara off for high-sticking Brandon Saad, getting a double-minor for drawing blood.
Brent Seabrook added a goal from the right circle on a screened shot with 1:05 to go–and 11 seconds after the second portion of Chara’s penalty had lapsed–as the Blackhawks snapped Boston’s six-game winning streak and their own two-game slide.
Artem Anisimov scored Chicago’s first power-play goal as the Blackhawks went 2-for-5 with the man advantage yesterday.
In a 7-4 loss at Boston on Saturday, the Bruins scored four times in six chances.
“Nice to have that opportunity with three-and-a-half minutes left,” said Kane, whose goal was his 25th of the season.
“I thought the power play moved it around pretty good tonight,” he added.
“We had some chances, had some good looks.”
Anisimov’s goal was his 20th as he reached that mark for the third-straight season since the Blackhawks acquired him from Columbus.
He provided a screen on Kane’s goal as Chicago had men in front of Boston back-up goalie Anton Khudobin on all three tallies.
“It’s something we’re always talking about,” Kane said.
“The first goal, ‘Artie’ got the tip on it,” he noted. “On my goal, he took away the goalie’s eyes.
“All I had to do was pick a corner.”
Anton Forsberg made 31 saves while Jonathan Toews had three assists.
Chara scored his seventh goal, tying the game at 1-1 midway through the third period.
Khudobin stopped 36 shots in taking the loss.
Chara said his penalty was an accident.
“I was trying to play the puck,” he remarked. “I was just trying to get to that puck before their player did.
“It’s very unfortunate when something like this happens.”
The Bruins played without leading scorer Brad Marchand, who is out day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Marchand, who has a team-high 29 goals and 69 points, including five goals and six assists in his last five games, was hurt when he collided with Blackhawks’ forward Anthony Duclair in the first period of Saturday’s contest between the teams in Boston.
“It’s from the run-in with Duclair from last night,” coach Bruce Cassidy said.
“We didn’t know how serious it would be,” he noted. “Just found out before the game he wouldn’t be able to go.”
Duclair had to be helped off the ice after the collision, favouring his right leg, and is expected to miss up to two weeks, according to coach Joel Quenneville.
Marchand continued in Saturday’s game, playing just over 20 minutes and finishing with two assists in the Bruins’ win.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Arizona blanked Vancouver 1-0, the N.Y. Islanders beat Calgary 5-2, and Pittsburgh downed Dallas 3-1.