Bruins 3, Blackhawks 2, SO

Tyler Seguin and the Boston Bruins are showing signs of shaking

off their Stanley Cup hangover.

Seguin scored the only goal in a shootout and Boston beat the

Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday night in the only regular-season

matchup between the last two NHL champions.

Chris Kelly and Nathan Horton scored in regulation for Boston,

which snapped a two-game skid to give coach Claude Julien his 300th

NHL win. Nathan’s tying goal at 7:56 of the third sent the game to

overtime.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots through overtime, then

was perfect against Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp

in the shootout.

”I just thought we got better as the game went on, and by the

third period we looked a lot more like our team,” Julien said.

”So that was good. I thought we did a great job of fighting

through what we’ve been talking about the last couple of

days.”

Defending champion Boston came on strong late and improved to

2-3. But the Bruins have scored just 10 goals in five games and are

0 for 20 on the power play since converting their first chance of

the season.

”Just playing hard, grinding it out – that’s how we were able

to come back,” Horton said. ”We just need to get back to playing

the way we can, just go out there and work hard. That’s how we get

our game back.”

Thomas welcomed the effort as a remedy.

”We needed it bad,” he said. ”There’s a big difference

between 2-3 and 1-4.

”We’ve got to start building from somewhere, being down,

battling back into the game,” he added. ”We needed the win. We

needed to feel good going forward, something to carry over

on.”

Kane and Bryan Bickell scored in regulation for the Blackhawks,

who got 35 saves from Corey Crawford.

Chicago came out flying, but ran out of gas late in the game and

fell to 2-1-1.

”It was an amazing pace. That first period was the best period

we’ve been involved in all year,” Blackhawks coach Joel

Quenneville said. ”Both teams were dangerous. Both goalies had to

be sharp in the first period, and had to be sharp all game.”

Chicago couldn’t preserve a 2-1 lead in the third. The Bruins

dominated the final frame and had several prime chances – including

a shot by Dennis Seidenberg that clanked off the post in the final

minute.

Boston’s Rich Peverley then missed on a breakaway midway through

overtime. He skated in alone on Crawford from the Boston blue line

after a turnover by Kane, but fired a backhand shot high and

wide.

”I think for whatever the reason, we didn’t really play the way

we wanted to in the third,” Kane said. ”It’s tough to give up a

goal, especially when you’re up 2-1, but it kind of seemed like we

were playing back a little bit and not really pushing the

pace.”

Both teams had excellent scoring chances in a wide-open first

period. Kane was flying, but was stopped by Thomas on two

highlight-reel attempts.

Bickell finally broke through with the only goal of the first

with 3:39 left in the period. He picked off a pass by Boston

defenseman Andrew Ference at center ice, barreled down the slot and

beat Thomas with a low shot.

Kelly scored a short-handed goal, completing a 2-on-1 with

Peverley, 1:33 into the second to tie it at 1. Kelly took

Peverley’s pass and whipped a high shot past Crawford from the

slot.

Kane put Chicago ahead 2-1 just 1:18 later – and seconds after a

Blackhawks power play expired – on a shot from the left circle that

slipped between Thomas’ legs.

Boston dominated in the third, and Horton tied it 2-all at 7:56.

He beat Crawford from the left circle after taking Johnny Boychuk’s

pass from behind the net.

NOTES: Chicago RW Marian Hossa (upper body) missed the game and

is day-to-day. … LW Viktor Stalberg returned to the lineup after

missing the Blackhawks’ first three games with a knee injury. …

Chicago RW Ben Smith (concussion) sat out his fourth game. …

Boston D Adam McQuaid (neck pain) is day-to-day after crashing into

the boards in a 3-2 loss at Carolina last Wednesday. His roster

spot was filled by D Matt Bartkowski. … Bruins C David Krejci

(core injury) missed his second game.