Man, I really love revenge.
This was the second of a back-to-back for both teams. Yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Boston Bruins 7-4 at the TD Garden after giving up four straight goals. It was another game where the Hawks made their fans feel optimistic and later angry, depressed, and/or annoyed. They were determined not to pull off something similar today.
Today’s game was at the Madhouse on Madison, making it even more important that the Blackhawks not embarrass themselves against one of their Original Six rivals. Let’s not forget either that these two teams clashed in the 2013 Stanley Cup finals.
Since that Cup series, the teams have really diverged. In both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Bruins failed to make the playoffs. In 2015, Chicago won their third Stanley Cup in six years. For the past two years, the Bruins have tried to rebuild. This year, they seemed to have found their stride, sporting 94 points and second place in the Eastern Conference.
On the other hand, it seems like all the Hawks veterans have dried up and have been negatively impacting the Blackhawks. They have just 68 points and have a negligible chance to make the playoffs this year. Regardless of standings, this game was intense nevertheless. Let’s get into the game.
Going into the third period, the Blackhawks had a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Artem Anisimov redirection off a Jonathan Toews one-timer on the power play early in the opening frame. That goal marked Anisimov’s 11th goal on the power play this season. The Blackhawks had scored 37 power play goals in total coming into this game.
Then, suddenly, midway through the final period, something similar to yesterday’s game happened. Zdeno Chara tied the game up when he beat Anton Forsling with a wrister from the high slot. And for some time, it looked like the Blackhawks were starting to lose control of the contest and the points they had worked fifty full minutes for.
Late in the period, hero-turned-villain Chara took some time off in the sin bin after his high stick on Brandon Saad drew blood, allowing the Blackhawks to go on a four minute power play.
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The Blackhawks took full advantage of their power play opportunity. First, just 17 seconds into their man advantage, Patrick Kane wristed a shot past Anton Khudobin to regain the lead for the Blackhawks. It was a beautiful goal at an important time, so it’s no surprise it came off the stick of Kane.
Then, fresh off the power play, Brent Seabrook fired a slap shot past Khudobin to double the Hawks lead and put the game beyond all doubts. The Blackhawks won 3-1.