Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 18, 2009 08:23 PM
Charles Rex Arbogast/APOn a night when the puck-possession Blackhawks, triggered by their three fleet defensemen (Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Brian Campbell), dominated most of the play, the Bruins stole a point by wiping out a pair of third-period deficits.
In the shootout, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane beat Tim Thomas. Antti Niemi stuffed Patrice Bergeron, then got some help from his post against Blake Wheeler.
"We showed a lot of character by staying with it and getting the tie late in the third," said Mark Recchi. "We'll take the point. It's never what you want, but we'll take it. Then go get ready for tomorrow night."
- Patrice Bergeron, auditioning for Steve Yzerman for a second straight game, recorded two assists and was on the ice for three Bruins goals.
- Not much going for the new No. 1 line of Marco Sturm (one shot), Marc Savard (zero shots), and Michael Ryder (four shots). Keith and Seabrook were matched against Savard's line and did a good job of eliminating the threesome as offensive threats.
- Tough luck for Andrew Ference prior to Kris Versteeg's goal. Ference said Cam Barker's hard-around deflected off his stick and caromed to Versteeg in the slot.
STICK SALUTE: Johnny Boychuk. Big third-period goal. Played a season-high 20:07 because of the injuries. Was on the ice for three Bruins goals.
SIN BIN: Niemi. Goaltending is Chicago's weak link.
All done in Chicago. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane with the shootout goals. Blackhawks, 5-4.
End of overtime
After 65 minutes, tied at 4-4. Shootout time.
3:48 (OT). Antti Niemi covers on Mark Recchi.
End of regulation
After 60 minutes, tied at 4-4. Bruins steal one point.
17:17 (3). Tied, 4-4. Antti Niemi killing his team. Niemi stops Patrice Bergeron, but leaves the rebound in front for David Krejci. Second goal for Krejci.
9:40 (3). Marian Hossa with the snap shot off the faceoff. Tim Thomas covers.
7:41 (3). Blackhawks, 4-3. Brian Campbell's right-point slap shot whizzes through traffic and beats Tim Thomas. Lots of bodies in front.
6:01 (3). Tied, 3-3. Johnny Boychuk's sharp-angle one-timer beats Antti Niemi. The Chicago netminder is not making timely saves.
2:52 (3). From behind the goal line, Shawn Thornton flings the puck out front. Antti Niemi scrambles to cover.
1:25 (3). Marc Savard ices the puck. Not much going for the No. 1 line.
After 40 minutes, Blackhawks with a 3-2 lead. Chicago outshot Boston in the second, 13-6.
- Tim Thomas has to squeeze his pads to cut off Jonathan Toews in the final minute. The Bruins halted the Blackhawks' momentum when Daniel Paille scored earlier in the second. Now the Blackhawks have some jump going into the third.
- Chicago put on a puck-possession clinic in the second. The defensemen went back for pucks. They turned up the ice. They made crisp first passes or carried the puck out themselves. The Bruins couldn't do much to get the puck off their sticks. The Blackhawks have three D's in Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Brian Campbell who can carry the puck out of the defensive zone. The Bruins have none.
- Blake Wheeler needs to be more careful with the puck. As he's done in the past, Wheeler committed several giveaways in the second period with no pressure in sight.
19:33 (2). Blackhawks, 3-2. Troy Brouwer passes the puck off the wall to Jonathan Toews in front. Toews' tip slithers through Tim Thomas. Backbreaking goal.
16:32 (2). Tied, 2-2. Antti Niemi stops Mark Recchi's short-range backhand. But the rebound hops out to Daniel Paille, who buries it.
8:22 (2). Blackhawks, 2-1. Brent Seabrook dangles through everybody and puts a shot on goal. Tim Thomas angles the rebound out to Patrick Sharp for the easy goal.
5:55 (2). Tim Thomas turns aside Patrick Kane on a close-range followup shot.
3:56 (2). More madness in front of Tim Thomas. Hooking on Vladimir Sobotka.
1:55 (2). Tied, 1-1. Andrew Ference can't handle the hard rim into the D-zone. The puck goes right off Ference to Kris Versteeg in the slot. No chance for Tim Thomas.
After 20 minutes, Bruins with a 1-0 lead. Bruins with a 13-11 shot advantage.
- Steve Yzerman spoke during first intermission regarding Team Canada. Yzerman said he likes Patrice Bergeron because of his versatility and how he does all the little things. Yzerman said he is probably down to figuring out three forward openings, with approximately eight players in the mix for those slots. While Bergeron has been the team's best center, he has played on the right side during international play. Yzerman was known as a two-way player who did the little things as well, so it's clear that he likes Bergeron. The question is how much.
- So impressive to see Duncan Keith in person. Keith broke up several Michael Ryder chances by standing up the right wing. Keith is more of a smart, positional player, but he can throw some checks when necessary. Keith will be gunning for the Norris Trophy for many years.
- Good spunk from the fourth line once again.
17:35 (1). Mad scramble in front, with Tim Thomas ending up on his back to stop John Madden's shot.
16:20 (1). Strong board work by Johnny Boychuk on Marian Hossa. On several occasions, Boychuk muscled Hossa off the puck.
11:00 (1). Good kick save by Tim Thomas on Duncan Keith's long-distance shot.
Frank Polich/Reuters9:22 (1). Bruins, 1-0. David Krejci follows up his initial shot and beats Antti Niemi. Blake Wheeler gets the helper. Not good work by Niemi.
7:13 (1). Good action so far by both clubs. Up-and-down play with scoring chances at both ends.
5:21 (1). As expected, Zdeno Chara and Derek Morris are hard-matching against Troy Brouwer, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane.
2:43 (1). Two great scoring chances in front for Steve Begin. The fourth line continues to do the dirty work.
0:18 (1). Early havoc in front of the Boston net. Bruins sweep the loose puck away.
0:00 (1). Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman is in attendance. Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard are under consideration for Canada, as are Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp.
Adam McQuaid is the healthy scratch.