Kane’s late PP goal lifts Blackhawks past Bruins 3-1
Kane scored on a screened shot from just inside the left point to put Chicago ahead 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 remaining as the Blackhawks ended Boston’s six-game winning streak and their own two-game slide.
Chicago’s Artem Anisimov scored his 20th goal, reaching that mark for the third straight season since the Blackhawks acquired him from Columbus. Anton Forsberg made 31 saves, and Jonathan Toews had three assists.
Chara scored his seventh goal, tying the game 1-1 midway through the third period. Boston back-up Anton Khudobin stopped 36 shots.
The Bruins played without leading scorer Brad Marchand, who sat out with an upper-body injury.
Marchand, who has a team-high 29 goals and 69 points – five goals and six assists in his last five games – collided with Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair in the first period of Saturday’s contest between the teams in Boston.
Duclair had to be helped off the ice, favoring his right leg, and is expected to miss up to two weeks. according to coach Joel Quenneville.
Marchand continued in the game, playing just over 20 minutes and finishing with two assists in the Bruins’ 7-4 victory.
After Boston rallied against Chicago with four goals in third period Saturday, the Blackhawks bounced back with a tighter effort.
Chicago allowed a season-high four power-play goals in Boston, but the Blackhawks struck first on the man advantage in this one. Parked at the edge of the crease, Anisimov tipped in Jonathan Toews’ drive from the right circle for the only goal of the first period.
Both teams narrowly missed on prime chances in the scoreless second. Chicago rookie Alex DeBrincat’s shot glanced off Khudobin, then struck both posts. About 90 seconds later, Boston’s Nick Holden fired the puck from the slot through the legs of teammate Rick Nash and off the right post.
Forsberg stopped David Pastrnak point-blank on a breakaway at 8:35. Khudobin denied Saad from close range after he powered down the slot with just under five minutes left in the period.
Forsberg blocked a deflection by Nash 4:30 into the third, then stopped the Boston forward at the edge of the crease with a pad save later in the same shift.
Chara tied it midway in the third period on the Bruins’ 28th shot. The big defenseman fired from the slot after taking David Krejci’s centering pass and beat Forsberg on the glove side.
NOTES: Quenneville didn’t rule out a return for No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford this season. Crawford, out since Dec. 23 with an upper-body injury, continues to work out off the ice. . Boston C Patrice Bergeron missed his seventh game with a fractured right foot. . Bruins F David Backes served his final game of a three-game suspension. . Chicago F Vinnie Hinostroza returned after missing Saturday’s game due to a family emergency. . Before the game the Blackhawks recognized Kendall Coyne and Alex Rigsby, Chicago-area natives who were members of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team. Both suited up and were on the ice for the national anthem.
Bruins: At Carolina on Tuesday in the second game for a four-game trip.
Blackhawks: At Winnipeg on Thursday.