An Original Six clash occurred Sunday morning as the Boston Bruins visited the Chicago Blackhawks for an early matinee at The Madhouse on Madison. It was a big day for Patrick Kane - 4pts (3G 1A), Artemi Panarin - 4pts. (1G 3A), and Joel Quenneville, who won his 800th regular season game as the Blackhawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead, only to hold off the Bruins, 6-4, in a wild game at the United Center.
Artem Anisimov got the scoring started 13 minutes into the period, while on the power play. A fake shot from Brent Seabrook, set up Panarin for a one-timer that was shanked, but went right to Anisimov who guided it to the back of the net. Then, it was the start of the Patrick Kane Show. Kane intercepted a cross-ice pass from Joe Morrow at the Blackhawk blue-line, with 1:29 remaining, for a breakaway goal in which he deked, pulled back and went top shelf past Bruins' goalie, Tuukka Rask. The period would end 2-0, Blackhawks, with a SOG advantage for the home team, 19-8.
The second period started where the first left off. Just :54 into the second frame, Kane again found the back of the net, as he received a back-hand pass from Anisimov, and squirted it past Rask, for a 3-0 lead. Then at the 2:00 mark, it was Jonathan Toews, taking a saucer-pass from Marian Hossa, to put it beyond the outstretched Rask for a 4-0 lead. at the 5:17 mark of the period, Panarin slapped a one-time from the top of the key past Jonas Gustavsson, who replaced Rask, to make it 5-0, Blackhawks. Later in the period, on another Blackhawks power play, after Seabrook made a sprawling defensive play, he recovered to spring Panarin and Kane on a 2-on-1, where Panarin returned the favor to Kane with a one-timer, to complete Kane's 2nd hat trick of the season. Things looked clear sailing from here until the Bruins came back with two very late goals :11 seconds apart within the final :16 seconds of the period from David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron, to make it, 6-2, at the end of 40 minutes.
The Bruins were not finished as Bergeron would tally again 2:39 into the third period to cut the Hawks lead in half. Brad Marchand would add another goal half way through the period, but that was as close as the Bruins would get. the Bruins outshot the Blackhawks, 17-3 in the period, but thanks to Scott Darling's total of 42 saves, the Blackhawks made a cake walk look like a food fight.
Notable Mentions: Patrick Kane became the 1st Blackhawk since Jeremy Roenick in the 1993-94 season, to register 100 points in a single season, when he scored his hat trick goal in the 2nd period. Artemi Panarin became the 1st Blackhawk rookie to ever have back-to-back 4-point games after registering (2G 2A) on Friday against the Winnipeg Jets. Joel Quenneville's 800th regular season win is second to only Scotty Bowman (1244). Marian Hossa left the game in the 3rd period due to a lower-body injury. It is not expected to be serious. Andrew Shaw missed the game due to an upper-body injury he suffered Friday in Winnipeg. Duncan Keith sat out for his 2nd of 6 games after being suspended for his hit on Minnesota Wilds' Charlie Coyle.
Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Patrick Kane - (3G 1A), +3, 4 shots
2nd - CHI - Artemi Panarin - (1G 3A), +3, 3 shots
3rd - BOS - Patrice Bergeron - (2G 1A), +2, 7 shots
Next game: Tuesday, April 5th, Home vs. Arizona Coyotes
, 7:30PM CT
Previous games between Chicago and Arizona in 2015-16:
Chicago Blackhawks - 7 at Arizona Coyotes - 5, 12/29/15
Chicago Blackhawks - 5 at Arizona Coyotes - 4, 02/04/16
LET'S GO HAWKS!!!