Patrick Kane got the monkey off his back in the shootout, pulling off his trademark slow-it-down move before beating Bruins goalie Tukka Rask for the winner to win the game for Chicago.
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In the first game since these two teams met last June in the Stanley Cup Final, the two delivered yet again, providing another entertaining 60 minutes, and a little extra just for fun.
But it was Kane who buried the dagger in the final shootout round to grab the extra point for the home team.
Marion Hossa opened the scoring on the afternoon four minutes into the action, taking advantage of a misplay from his fellow countryman and Olympic teammate Zdeno Chara, who had rushed into the zone trying to get a shot on net. The outlets pass created a 2-on-1 with Kevan Miller left to defend Patrick Sharp and Hossa.
Hossa didnt get much on the pass from Sharp, but it was enough to bounce it off Tuukka Rask and into the net for the goal.
It was Brad Marchand who turned the table for the Bruins, scoring to tie the game with just 18 seconds to go in the first, and again just 50 seconds into the second.
Marchand's first goal was a result of a typical play from Patrice Bergeron, starting with a back-check in his own zone to start the break and ending with a slick backhanded pass over the blueline to the streaking Marchand, who skated in and beat Corey Crawford on the far side post.
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Marchand scored his second on a breakaway, beating Crawford five-hole after a quick shot-fake which opened up his stance, allowing Marchand to zip the shot through his legs. Props to Johnny Boychuck and Reilly Smith for making the play happen, with Boychuck banking a pass off the boards in his zone to Smith, and to Smith for lining a perfect pass to Marchand in stride.
But the Hawks tied the game at 9:44, when Brandon 'Don't Show Me the Replay Damn-It' Bollig found the slightest of spaces to beat Rask on the shortside post. It was another brutal goal for Rask to give up, and one where he cannot allow to leak through. Yet it seems we've said that a lot about Rask the past few weeks, and some goals he's allowed in this mini-slump for the team have been truly ugly.
Rask did play well in the game, which makes the one blunder such an eye-sore. Tuukka made plenty of huge saves, especially on the Hawks' powerplay late in the second, and a wicked glove save on Johnny Oduya early in the third.
The teams traded chances in the third and overtime, but no one found the back of the net in either period, which meant the day would be decided in a shootout.
Marchand was the only one to beat Crawford, where Jonathan Toews and Kane beat Rask, giving the Hawks the W.
It's a rather successful road-trip for the Bruins, who beat the Stars on Thursday and grabbed a point vs the Hawks.
The B's will fly back home today and play the Kings tomorrow at the Garden.