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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins - 3/11/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins - 3/11/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Here's what we learned as another red-light barrage broke out at TD Garden Saturday and the Bruins became only the seventh team in National Hockey League history to sweep a six-game homestand following the 7-4 victory.

To hear Jack Edwards' and Andy Brickley's breakdown of the power play and the Bruins' win, check out the "NESN Sports Today" video above, presented by People's United Bank. He had 8 power play saves, 1 shorthanded save and 24 even saves. It's safe to say they are no longer a wild card contender, as they are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.

It also helped the Black and Gold sweep their season-long six-game homestand, played completely without Bergeron and without McAvoy for four of those six games, as well.

The Blackhawks struck first on the man advantage in this one. "But, that's it more than anything is your willingness to - the [Rick] Nash goal was obviously a nice play we talked about making, but the other goals are will to win pucks, tire them out, make a play because you've got skill, and that's what happened".

Indeed. The four-goal final 20 began at 6:23 when Riley Nash shoveled a left-wing pass to a streaking Brad Marchand whose shot rebounded to streaking Pastrnak on the right wing.

"It was good to see Highmore get his first goal", Gustafsson said.

Sean Kuraly put the proverbial top on the sundae with an open netter with 22 ticks left; Tim Schaller and Zdeno Chara assisting.

Brent Seabrook added a goal from the right circle on a screened shot with 1:05 remaining - and 11 seconds after the second portion of Chara's penalty had lapsed - as the Blackhawks ended Boston's six-game winning streak and their own two-game slide. "Now, we don't want it to become a pattern, and we're going to work hard on that, but it is what it is right now". "The second and third effort plays to get a puck out of your zone and then to recover and make a play, those are the big difference makers, I think, on the power play, because the killers get worn out. I think that's more of a good sign in a team". The last time that these two teams played was on January 1st, a game where the won.




"We'll see how he recovers tomorrow", Cassidy said Thursday.

The stat of the Hawks only winning 12 of the 35 games they have been without Corey Crawford just shows how valuable the Blackhawks goalie is to the franchise. Jonathan Toews' 20-foot wrister beat Rask at 14:27; Erik Gustafsson's left point shot had seeing eyes to twine just 30 seconds later.

Rask had a tale of two games Saturday with four goals on his first 19 shots.

Marchand's history of suspensions and reputation for dirty play led to questions of whether he'd hear from the NHL's Department of Player Safety over the incident.

"He said he got him high, and I said, well I thought he hurt his knee, like, so what is it?"

"This time of year, you're playing teams in different circumstances", said head coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins played without leading scorer Brad Marchand, who's out day to day with an upper-body injury. "I think Marchand sees him coming, and I don't know if he did it on goal or not, but Duclair got stuck in his feet when he hit the ice". The Bruins rank well in win percentage when outshot by opponents (#1), win percentage when outshooting opponents (#1) and win percentage when opponent scores first (#1).

"Their power play was excellent in the third", Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.


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