Talking Points: Hossa's late goal seals Bruins third straight loss
Scott Darling was at his best in the first period, but was solid all game while showing the Bruins what quality backup goaltending can do for a team. Darling made 17 stops in the first period including big saves on Tim Schaller and Patrice in tight around the net, and a good, controlled stop on a Joe Morrow breakaway a little later in the period. He followed that up with 13 saves in the second and third periods combined as the offense really slowed down for the Black and Gold, and didn’t get many Grade-A chances on the Chicago net. It certainly must have felt good for a player in Darling that skates most of the summer in the Boston area, and hasn’t always played his best in this building in previous efforts.
Adam McQuaid didn’t have a particularly bad game, but it was the stay-at-home defenseman that saw the cross-ice pass go between his legs en route to the game-winning goal for Marian Hossa with less than 90 seconds to go in the game. McQuaid was otherwise solid enough with a shot on net in 18:13 of ice time along with a couple of blocked shots, but he needs to make a play on that pass cutting through the slot area during that part of the game. One can’t help but also recognize the feeling that it seemed almost like the Blackhawks were almost playing with the Bruins tonight before really flexing their muscles with a couple of minutes left to go in the game.
The Bruins couldn’t put a puck past Scott Darling when they caught the sleepy Blackhawks flat-footed in the first period and outshot them by a 17-6 margin. Patrice Bergeron and Tim Schaller had chances close to the net and Joe Morrow had a breakaway opportunity that Darling turned away, and that was it for a Black and Gold group that began settling for perimeter shots shortly afterward. Once Chicago was able to get through the first 20 minutes they started finding their skating legs and balanced out the game until finding that extra burst in the final minutes to snatch a regulation win away from the B’s.
Marian Hossa scored the game-winner on a slick finish following a tic-tac-toe play in the closing minutes of the third period, and gave the Blackhawks the kind of offensive oomph around the net that neither team had all night. Hossa finished with two shots on net and three shot attempts in his 12:45 of ice time along with a plus-1 rating, a couple of takeaways and a blocked shot in a solid, if low-minute kind of night. Patrick Kane had a few dazzling shifts along with a couple of dud shifts and Jonathan Toews was his solid self, but it was the ageless Hossa that made the big play for Chicago when it was needed.
BY THE NUMBERS:
47 – the number of years since the last time the Bruins were shut out by the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice, a 1-0 loss to Tony Esposito and the Hawks on Jan. 17, 1970.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
“I’m not into shock-journalism so I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.” –Claude Julien, when asked about his job status after the Bruins lost their third game in a row and were shut out in back-to-back games at home for the first time in almost 15 years.