It was looking quite dismal for the Boston Bruins up until last night’s game in Chicago. In what was arguably the Blackhawks’ worst home performance thus far, the Bruins took the victory at the United Center on Sunday, 6-2.
Patrice Bergeron led Boston with one goal and two assists with Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith both adding a goal and an assist. Bergeron started the scoring for his team and won 14 of 24 faceoffs. Milan Lucic’s power goal began the second-period at a four-point advantage. Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson also scored for Boston. It helped that Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 14 shots. He was replaced by Antti Raanta in the second.
Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell got two goals, but it wasn’t enough. Even coach Joel Quenneville told reporters, “I don’t think I was happy with anybody.” The Hawks have lost five of their last seven home games.
This win was much needed for Boston after a disappointing road trip that ended 1-4. The Bruins haven’t had a win since Feb. 7 against the Islanders. After six straight losses, coach Claude Julien said control over emotions is what would lead to victory.
The Bruins play the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night at TD Garden. Find tickets to all the home games here.