Bruins Sneak Past the Blackhawks, 3-2

The Bruins are playing some of their best hockey as they're currently on a four-game winning streak, including their dominating 5-2 victory over the Panthers yesterday. They look to continue their hopes of making the playoffs, as they're still in the second wild card spot, one point behind both the Maple Leafs and Senators. Today's contest would be tough since the Blackhawks usually prove to be the better team out there, but the Bruins should be determined to bring their all against the team that beat them in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

Boston was able to light up the board first 6:34 into the opening period when Ryan Spooner scored after passes from Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara to give them the 1-0 lead.

 

With 1:03 left in the first, Patrice Bergeron scored on a power play from Brad Marchand to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

After one period, the Bruins led by two. They had 11 shots, and backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made 16 saves.

Chicago the deficit in half when Artemi Panarin scored after assists from Richard Panik and Brent Seabrook to make it 2-1.

The only power play opportunity of the period came at the luxury of the Blackhawks, but they didn't capitalize. At the second intermission, the Bruins led by one. They were up to 23 shots, and Khudobin had made 26 saves.

Boston increased their lead back to two when Kevan Miller scored an unassisted goal 9:15 into the final period to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.

Just 25 seconds later, the Blackhawks answered when Jordan Tootoo scored from John Hayden and Seabrook to cut the score to 3-2.

No one scored the rest of the way, and the Bruins held on for the 3-2 victory. They finished with 29 shots, and Khudobin played magnificently between the pipes as he made 41 saves, and increased his personal winning streak to six games.

With an impressive win over the Blackhawks, Boston lengthens their winning streak to five games and improve their record to 17-7 under Bruce Cassidy. They leapfrog the Maple Leafs and Senators to momentarily take over the number-two seed in the Atlantic Division, where both teams have two games in hand. The Bruins are keeping their sights on the playoffs, and they'll be in for another tough matchup when they host the Lightning on Tuesday at 7 p.m est.