The Bruins came back from two deficits to overcome the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday at Notre Dame Arena, winning the 2019 Winter Classic by a score of 4-2.
— FINAL: Bruins 4, Blackhawks 2. Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and Sean Kuraly netted the go-ahead goal for the Bruins in a comeback win over the Chicago Blackhawks to take the 2019 Winter Classic. The B’s are now 2-1 in Winter Classic games, as the 2019 game represents a nice rebound from the debacle against the Canadiens in 2016.
— 0:32: Brad Marchand buries an empty-netter to make it 4-2 and ice the game for the Bruins. The Blackhawks won the faceoff, but David Krejci won the race to the loose puck and knocked it forward, then Marchand won the puck for the breakaway and easy empty-net goal.
— Chicago pulls Cam Ward. Bruins have to defend 6-on-5 the rest of regulation. Jonathan Toews hit the post seconds before the Blackhawks emptied their net.
— Joakim Nordstrom gets a scoring chance. Nordstrom’s stick breaks so he can’t quite get all of it. But Cam Ward is still forced to make the save.
— 10:20: It’s 3-2 Bruins after Sean Kuraly buries a rebound in front. The puck deflected off the Bruins’ Chris Wagner from the point shot, and Kuraly backhanded it around Cam Ward to give the Bruins their first lead.
— 15:04: Blackhawks commit yet another penalty to set up a Bruins power play. Gustav Forsling got a stick around Sean Kuraly’s hip and Kuraly slips to the ice, drawing the hooking call.
— Jake DeBrusk creates scoring chance. An explosive rush by DeBrusk sets up Danton Heinen for a point-blank opportunity, but Cam Ward makes the save.
— 16:18 Blackhawks kill off the entire power play. Bruins miscues lead to two losses of zone possession, and only one shot on goal despite some time at 5-on-3. Cam Ward made a big save against Brad Marchand.
— 18:18: Kevan Miller draws another penalty, this time an obvious tripping on Artem Anisimov. Bruins will get nine seconds of 4-on-3 time then a 5-on-3 power play – and a golden opportunity to take the lead.
— Third Period, 18:57: Patrick Kane over-compensates against the bigger Kevan Miller and his stick brushes Miller’s helmet, leading to a call for high-sticking. B’s and Blackhawks will play 4-on-4, then an abbreviated power play for the Bruins.
— Second Period Thoughts: The brilliance of Patrice Bergeron has changed the complexion of this game entering the third. The Blackhawks mostly dominated possession in the second period, creating eight high-danger chances to the Bruins’ three and generating 24 shot attempts to the Bruins’ 10. And it very nearly got even worse when the Bruins gave up a shorthanded breakaway to David Kampf, but Bergeron’s hustle and stick work broke up any semblance of a chance. Bergeron made his presence felt at the offensive end right after that, taking advantage of a fortunate bounce off Brent Seabrook’s skate to bury his chance from the slot. And that, friends, is why Bergeron is the best two-way player in the game. The Bruins have had trouble with the Blackhawks’ younger forwards for much of the afternoon, so they need to be wary of the aforementioned players one more time. … Tuukka Rask has been great overall, coming up with numerous big saves. He couldn’t come up with another on Dominik Kahun’s tip-in that gave the Blackhawks the lead at the time. But he’s near the top of the list of reasons why the Bruins have kept this game tied entering the final period.
— 1:12: Patrice Bergeron ties it 2-2 with a power play goal. He collected a rebound in front of Cam Ward after the puck deflected off the skate of Brent Seabrook, and backhanded it through to knot up the game.
— Patrice Bergeron with a clutch defensive play. Bergeron back-checks against David Kampf on a shorthanded bid, tying up his stick to the point that he can’t get a shot off.
— 2:03: Erik Gustafsson called for roughing after high contact against Joakim Nordstrom. Bruins have a chance to tie it up on the power play.
— Tuukka Rask is under siege this period. The Blackhawks are out-shooting the Bruins 12-4 so far in the second frame. Boston is having trouble defending some of Chicago’s younger, faster forwards like Brendan Perlini, Alex DeBrincat, and Dylan Strome. Veteran leader Jonathan Toews has chipped in as well, sparking the Blackhawks’ second goal with his forechecking behind the net.
— 8:36: Erik Gustafsson whips it toward traffic in front of Tuukka Rask, and Dominik Kahun redirects it through the maze to make it 2-1 Blackhawks just over halfway through the game.
— 14:45: Nice leg save for Tuukka Rask against Dylan Sikura, then the heads-up play to freeze the puck and avoid any further danger. A little scrum ensues after the whistle.
— 15:37: Bruins successfully kill off the Kuraly penalty. Tuukka Rask stops Artem Anisimov point-blank on a redirect opportunity during the power play.
— Second Period, 17:37: The Bruins will have to kill another penalty as Sean Kuraly gets called for a hook. Torey Krug turned the puck over against Alex DeBrincat in front of the Bruins’ net just seconds before.
— First Period Thoughts: Several quality chances for both teams, but it’s been a strong game for the goaltenders so far. Each goal was the product of defensive breakdowns in front of the net, although the Blackhawks’ score came at even strength. … The Chicago forwards are forechecking Torey Krug very hard. He and the B’s need to find a way to adjust to that pressure, so he doesn’t end up in another spot like he was when he turned the puck over behind the net. His giveaway led directly to Brendan Perlini’s goal. The Bruins also had no one covering the front of the net on that play, so it was just a total team meltdown in that moment. … Offensively, the Bruins controlled much of the action and hold a 14-12 shots advantage through one period. They also hold a 7-5 advantage in high-danger scoring chances. … According to Natural Stat Trick, the Bruins generated six of their seven high-danger scoring chances with Jake DeBrusk on the ice, the highest mark on the team.
— 0:07: Tuukka Rask makes the save of the game so far, stoning Patrick Kane on a late breakaway opportunity. The game stays tied at the first intermission.
— 0:18: David Pastrnak had a golden opportunity to give the Bruins a lead, but Cam Ward sprawls backward to make the stop.
— 0:57: The Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat had a wide open net off a feed from Dylan Strome, but sails it wide behind the net. It was easily the Blackhawks’ best scoring chance besides the Perlini goal. Bruins successfully kill the penalty.
— 2:57: Brendan Perlini nearly scored his second goal from the same area as his first. Tuukka Rask made the stop this time. Matt Grzelcyk called for high-sticking, and the Bruins have to kill another penalty.
— 5:07: Bruins carry momentum from their first goal over to the next couple of shifts. The line of Joakim Nordstrom, Colby Cave, and Noel Acciari grind out a positive shift with possession down low, and Brad Marchand rips a shot that’s stopped by Cam Ward.
— 7:22: David Pastrnak ties it with a power play goal, corralling a centering shot from Patrice Bergeron and waiting a half-second before flipping it under the pad of Cam Ward. It’s back to the drawing board with a 1-1 tie.
— 7:55: The Blackhawks’ Connor Murphy very nearly made it 2-0, ringing a wrist shot off the post on a rush. The Bruins’ top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak had a zone possession with a decent chance to answer Perlini’s goal, but couldn’t do much with the puck and ultimately lost their board battles.
— 11:30: Brendan Perlini draws first blood for the Blackhawks, left all alone in front to take the centering feed from David Kampf and fire it from the slot through Tuukka Rask. Torey Krug turned the puck over behind the net, and the coverage on Perlini in front was nonexistent. 1-0 Blackhawks.— 12:07: Patrick Kane circles around the Bruins’ penalty-kill unit all the way to goal, but Tuukka Rask makes the stop point-blank. Bruins hold off any further chances to kill the penalty.
— 14:07: Blackhawks get a power play as Brandon Carlo holds Jonathan Toews.
— 15:12: The Blackhawks saw daylight for the first time with a decent possession for Jonathan Toews’ line. Back-and-forth action after an early surge by the Bruins.
— First Period, 18:20: David Krejci with the first scoring chance of the game. Kevan Miller makes a nifty feed to find Krejci all alone in front, but Cam Ward stops the backhand. Strong start for the Bruins’ top-six, who didn’t face any threats defensively.
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— Bruins captain Zdeno Chara showed off his Winter Classic jersey in a new Instagram post.
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