The Bruins gave up two power play goals in the closing minutes of the third period to fall 3-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon at the United Center.
Patrick Kane scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period man advantage, after Zdeno Chara went to the box for a high-sticking double-minor with just 3:34 left in regulation. Kane first worked the puck down low and sent it back to the point, where Erik Gustafsson and Jonathan Toews traded passes and drew some open space. Kane took the feed from Gustafsson and burst toward the net before ripping a wrist shot far-side past Anton Khudobin to put the Blackhawks up 2-1.
And with just 1:05 left, the ‘Hawks took advantage of a change in defensemen as a wide-open Brent Seabrook fired a slap shot through a screened Khudobin for the late dagger.
The lone Bruins goal came from Zdeno Chara in the third period, as the captain broke for the slot area on a rush and took a slick pass from David Krejci, beating Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg to tie the game 1-1 at the time. The goal got even with Artem Anisimov’s first-period tip-in on a power play.
The Bruins played Sunday afternoon without winger Brad Marchand, who sat out with an upper body injury after Saturday’s collision with the Blackhawks’ Anthony Duclair. His absence came on top of a suspended David Backes, and injuries to Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy.
They’ll look to get healthier for Tuesday, when they play the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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