Alex DeBrincat whispered sweet nothings to the puck, who decided to follow his directions and end up in the net. No other logical explanation. About four minutes into the game and Boston was already trailing, 1-0.
ugh Debrincat is just gaming corsi numbers by taking bad shots https://t.co/G9aKYcFxkA— Chemmy (@felixpotvin) February 13, 2019
Brad Marchand was called for a goaltender interference, because Brad Marchand.
Goaltender interference pic.twitter.com/MCT0OVyU7d— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 13, 2019
Zdeno Chara was later called for a roughing penalty, but Boston was able to kill it.
Rushes by Boston for the latter half of the first were dangerous in nature, as in moving the puck very close to the net; however, no shots came close enough to make Collin Delia sweat. It was repeated rounding of the net, or stickhandles/chip-passes that were batted away by Chicago’s defense.
Then, with Brent Seabrook sitting in the box for his penalty, David Krejci took up the vacancy on the first PP unit and used his lefthandedness to mimic David Pastrnak in a very Pastrnak-y way.
David Krejci is doing a pretty solid job filling in for David Pastrnak on the power play.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 13, 2019
1-1 game. pic.twitter.com/TxhulrkRFz
About a minute later, Danton Heinen struck at even strength, continuing his recent hot stretch.
Danton Heinen with his third goal in four games. That new top line has been pretty, pretty good so far. pic.twitter.com/GD3UEq6ozK— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 13, 2019
Once again, not wanting to be left out, Brad Marchand got himself to the right spot while Heinen paused a bouncing puck and dished it to Marchand, wide open at the side of the net.
Brad Marchand gives the Bruins a 3-1 lead. Great play by Heinen on the primary helper. pic.twitter.com/VlyRkmMg4B— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 13, 2019
With just a minute left on the clock, Boston was content to wind it down by cycling and dumping. On to the next one.
Not much by the way of snippets here. Play was back and forth, with some notable situations: John Moore skating all over creation to cover Brandon Saad and the pucks that people were trying to get to him; DeBrusk’s hands in the offensive zone to keep possession alive with a few deft chips and toedrags; Delia getting involved in puck movement for Chicago - at this author’s firs look, he’s a decente stickhandling goalie.
Right around the midway point, Boston finally started to click again, and they held the puck in the Chicago zone for what felt like an eternity. Over the next several shifts, Boston would build on their zone time, and piled on with some frustration for the Blackhawks. A REAL close chance on a netfront chip pass would prove to be too much, and Chicago took a tripping call on the next drive by Boston.
With penalties mounting, it started to look promising for the Bruins to pad their lead, but a 1:40 5v3 power play did not yield anything. Then, Jake DeBrusk broke his drought to put Boston up 4-1 with under two minutes to play.
Chicago added one before the period ended to pull it to 4-2; it looked stupid. Trust us.
An early penalty to Sean Kuraly gave all of TD Garden chills. Fortunately, Tuukka Rask was up to the task and turned away several great shots from between the faceoff dots.
One particularly weird sequence saw fourth-liners Noel Acciari and John Hayden get into a wrestling match in front of the Boston bench. Both were told to sit for matching minor penalties, and Chicago would capitalize on the extra space, drawing within one during 4v4 play.
Patrick Kane ➡️ Duncan Keith ➡️ Erik Gustafsson— ✶ ✶Tony G✶ ✶ (@Certified_TonyG) February 13, 2019
Gus rips a wrister for his 12th goal of the season and Kane extends his point streak to 15 games. What a series of perfectly placed and timed drop passes #Blackhawks #CHIvsBOS #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/ERtnao3ZOI
A penalty to Dylan Strome would give Boston another power play opportunity. The B’s got right back on the board via an impressive back-and-forth passing play capped off by Peter Cehlarik for his fourth on the season to put Boston up 5-3.
Torey Krug does Torey Krug things on the power play.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 13, 2019
Danton Heinen sets up Peter Cehlarik for his fourth goal of the season.
What a sequence. pic.twitter.com/hTflxk8lun
With Chicago down two again, their approach was too aggressive to sustain pressure, as stretch passes were slightly off the mark and Boston did a great job covering around the net. Only a few chances from the ever-dangerous Patrick Kane and some shots from the low circles would get to Rask, who turned them away with relative ease.
Finally, the Bruins would put the nail in it, scoring on an awesome passing sequence from DeBrusk in the corner to Marchand driving the net, who dragged the puck through his legs with such speed it went far enough to get to Krejci driving to the net as well. Another seemingly broken play that turned into a goal. Final score, 6-3, Bruins!!!
The B’s now hit the road for five games over the next week and a half. Let’s see the chemistry on the road!