Blackhawks end Bruins’ streak
The eight-game winning run of the Boston Bruins came to an end on Thursday night thanks to an overtime goal from Jonathan Toews, which enabled the Chicago Blackhawks to claim a 4-3 win at TD Garden, despite starting the game as big outsiders with sports betting companies.
The Bruins had managed an impressive fightback in the third period, scoring three times to level the game after trailing 3-0, and they took the game to an extra period, extending their impressive run of point-scoring to 13 games, while remaining as the only team in the NHL yet to record a regulation loss at their home venue.
The win also brought an end to a three-match losing run for the Blackhawks, who had goaltender Robin Lehner to thank for an excellent display that limited the Bruins to three goals from 40 shots, and speaking after the game, Lehner said that it was a hard-fought, valuable win:
“They’re a good team, we battled hard, made some mistakes, they capitalized on it, and eventually we were rewarded, so it’s a great win.”
For Boston, Tuukka Rask came up with 27 saves but was unable to help his team mount another comeback after they had won their last three matches having been tied or trailing during the third period, and once again they gave themselves plenty of work to do.
Ryan Carpenter opened the scoring for the visitors against the run of play at 18:14 in the first period, scoring from a rebound, and Dylan Strome made it 2-0 shortly afterwards when he tipped in via an Erik Gustafsson shot to register an impressive return to action after missing five games through concussion.
That two-goal lead remained throughout the second period, and at the start of the third, the visitors scored again, this time through Alex DeBrincat, who fired in a snapshot just 17 seconds in to give Boston a mountain to climb.
To their credit, the Bruins mounted a strong comeback, scoring at 1:49 through Joakim Nordström and then adding further goals in the last five minutes through Chris Wagner and Torey Krug, but the game was settled after just 54 seconds of the overtime period when Toews scored on the breakaway after Boston had turned over the puck.
Words: Stijn Janssen