The Boston Bruins earned their 50th victory of the season Thursday night at TD Garden, shutting out the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-0. Boston and Chicago split their season series, each earning a victory. Chicago’s first trip back to the site where they won the Stanley Cup last June was spoiled by a Bruins club that played with passion and determination.
With earning two points, the Bruins have secured points in 14 straight games. They are 16-1-3 in their last 20 games and are inching ever so close to capturing the Atlantic Division crown.
Patrice Bergeron participated in last year’s Stanley Cup with a slew of ailments that weren’t disclosed until Boston was defeated. Chicago got to witness first-hand what he can do when healthy. Bergeron scored two of Boston’s three goals.
Arguably the best two-way forward in the NHL, Bergeron, was forced to battle through cracked ribs and a punctured lung the last time Chicago played in Boston. His healthy presence on the ice was the definite difference in the game.
Bergeron scored Boston’s initial goal in the opening period of play. Carl Soderberg tallied the Bruins next goal in the third period. Just 13 second after Soderberg scored, Bergeron potted his second goal of the night, ultimately putting the Blackhawks away.
A three-goal lead is all Tuukka Rask would need as he was lights out all night. Rask turned aside 28 shots in total for his seventh shutout of the season. He has now won four of his last five starts.
The Bruins will next take to the ice on Saturday in a showdown with the Washington Capitals. Boston will travel to the nations’s capital for the matinee affair.