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The Bruins couldn’t make good on the 17 seconds that cost them the Stanley Cup. They couldn’t erase that loss or the memory of watching the Blackhawks celebrate on their home ice. All they could do Thursday was win Game No. 73 of this season.
So they did all they could, taking a 3-0 victory on a night when Chicago, despite missing Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell, still managed to demonstrate what it’s capable of against one of the best in the NHL.
It took five minutes for the Bruins to find their game, their smothering, defensively crushing game. It took five minutes of chances by the Blackhawks for the Bruins to take over.