Last night was another big game and lots of fun to watch! The puck dropped at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, March 16 and at the end of the night, the home team – the Chicago Blackhawks – were able to celebrate a 4-3 victory over the visiting team – the Boston Bruins. It was the second victory over the Bruins this season (January 18).
The Blackhawks went into the game leading the league in goals scored with 141 and they also had the best record in the NHL at that point. The Blackhawks’ win last night was their 12th in a row, giving them the best home record in the league through 14 games. If that’s not exciting enough, they also have the highest salary cap average in the league at $7.85 million.
The Bruins, on the other hand, were looking to secure their 14th straight win and move into third place in the Atlantic Division. Overall, it was a back and forth game with 26 shots on goal being fired and 17 blocked shots recorded. Finally, at 8:29 PM ET, the Bruins’ Milan Lucic scored the winning goal for Boston off a face-off win with 2:13 remaining in regulation.
Let’s have a closer look at the games last night to get a better understanding of the results and how the game went. We’ll begin with the Blackhawks at home, where they continue to impress so far this season.
How Did The Home Team Perform?
The 2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks are off to a perfect 3-0-0 start at home as they look to continue their dominance in full view of their rabid fans. Thanks to a strong 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, the Blackhawks extended their home winning streak to 12 games, the longest such streak in the NHL this season.
The Blackhawks got the scoring started early as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 5:18 of the first period on the power play. Patrick Kane assisted on the goal, which was scored by Brandon Saad. The goal represented the 10th point for Saad, the 23-year-old rookie, in his NHL career.
Even though the Blackhawks held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period, the Bruins came out strong in the second and tied the game at 1-1 at the end of the second. Both teams had five shots on goal in the second period with Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford making 28 saves.
The third period was a wild affair as the teams combined for 10 goals in the final frame alone. Michael Frolik and David Backes scored for the Blackhawks in the third as Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron also found the back of the net. As a result, the teams went into overtime with the score tied 3-3.
In the ensuing extra frame, the Blackhawks were awarded a goal by Brad Marchand at 6:30 PM ET. The goal was reviewed and Marchand was given a penalty for hooking (illegal contact) with 4:38 remaining in regulation. The Blackhawks then made it 4-3 at 9:04 PM on a breakaway goal by Marian Hossa as Crawford made another spectacular save on Milan Lucic right before the goal.
Lucic’s goal came off a face-off win with 2:13 remaining in regulation, extending Chicago’s winning streak to 12 games, the longest such streak in the NHL this season. At 23 years of age, the Bruins’ center now has 21 points in 17 career games against the Blackhawks.
Looking For The Next Home Win?
With another victory at home, the Blackhawks look to continue their quest for an unprecedented 13th consecutive National Hockey League (NHL) championship. As a team, they have already secured home ice advantage throughout the playoffs with 13 victories at the United Center in Chicago. They also lead the league in goals scored with 141 and they have the best home record in the NHL with 12 wins and 3 losses through 14 games.
The reigning Stanley Cup champions enter the third month of the season on a high note and they continue to impress with their balanced scoring attack led by captain Jonathan Toews. With nine goals and nine assists, Toews has 13 points in 14 games, moving him into second place in the NHL in scoring behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 26-year-old center has scored a goal in nine consecutive games.
Toews and company will look to keep up their perfect record at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. The game is currently scheduled to start at 8:00 PM ET and will be broadcast live on CBC and the NHL Network.
One Team, Two Different Approaches
While the Blackhawks look to continue their perfect start at home, the Boston Bruins aim to avoid a complete meltdown away from the friendly confines of the TD Garden. The defending Stanley Cup champions arrived in North America after going 13–2 in their first 16 games of the season back in the Czech Republic. The Bruins had the worst record in the league with just two wins, but they have already gone back and acquired three more victories since then.
So far this season, the Bruins are 1-1-1 on the road. They lost their only game away from home last week in the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on October 12. On Saturday night, they traveled to Chicago and the United Center for a matchup with the Blackhawks and were able to secure a 4-3 victory.
Despite going over the salary cap, the Bruins were able to add some key pieces to their roster via free agency and the NHL Trade Deadline. The biggest addition was Jarome Iginla, who was acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Iginla has six goals and five assists in 14 games for the Bruins and brings with him a championship attitude and penchant for the big shot. Now the biggest question in sports will be: Can Jarome Iginla lead the Bruins to a championship?
Last night’s game was another exciting one that saw multiple goals and considerable action. The scoring started early with Patrick Kane getting the scoring started with his 10th career hat trick at 5:18 in the first period.
The Blackhawks continued to pile on the goals in the second as they scored two more unanswered goals, extending their winning streak to 12 games while also keeping pace with the league-leaders in goals scored. It was a wild third period as the Blackhawks and Bruins combined for 10 goals as Brad Marchand and Michael Frolik each found the back of the net for the Blackhawks while Patrice Bergeron and Toews also scored for Boston.
It was a tight game heading into the third period as the teams were tied 3-3. In the ensuing extra frame, the Blackhawks got a breakaway goal from Marian Hossa, which was his second of the night, with 2:13 remaining in regulation. The goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory and extended their winning streak to 13 games.
The Blackhawks are now 12–0–3 when scoring first in games and they also hold a 5–0 record when taking the lead after the first period. As for the Bruins, they have yet to find their rhythm as a team and they were upset with a loss at home last night. It’s still early in the season and this team is capable of much more, but so far, their record is 5–7–1. It will be interesting to see how their season progresses from here.