BOSTON – The Bruins just keep on winning without a host of their top players and they continue to carve right through the difficult month of March.
Once again it wasn’t perfect on Saturday afternoon against a pretty down-on-their-luck Chicago Blackhawks team, but the B's scored early and often in a 7-4 victory at TD Garden. David Krejci scored two goals and Boston got four power-play goals to outdistance the Blackhawks in a game where defense and goaltending took a back seat.
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The Bruins are now a perfect 6-0-0 this season since Patrice Bergeron went down with a fractured right foot and have continued to weather the storm without Charlie McAvoy and David Backes as well in the past few games.
The Bruins got the special-teams fiesta started early with Noel Acciari opening up the scoring with a shorthanded strike after following up Sean Kuraly’s breakaway chance. David Krejci then added a power-play goal three minutes later.
The Blackhawks returned fire with two goals in a 29-second span in the first period with Jonathan Toews tipped an Erik Gustafsson shot past Tuukka Rask and then Gustafsson himself getting one through the Bruins goalie amid net-front traffic.
The Blackhawks won the second-period battle outscoring the Bruins 2-1 with goals from John Hayden and Matt Highmore and that left the Bruins with some work to do in the final 20 minutes. But the B’s once again got it done when it mattered most as David Pastrnak scored a tying goal midway through the period on the rebound of a Brad Marchand shot. The Bruins then scored twice on a four-minute power play thanks to a Patrick Kane high-sticking call.
Brian Gionta scored the game-winner at the front of the net on a rebound of a tipped shot and then Rick Nash redirected one home from right in front of the net to give the Bruins an insurance score. Sean Kuraly added the empty-netter to finish off the scoring-fest for the Black and Gold.
The teams meet again Sunday afternoon in Chicago.