Despite another slow start in the first period for the Bruins (9-3-3, 21 points)—Chicago out shot the B's 18-6 in the first period—they were lucky to come away in the first knotted at zero. Tim Thomas was forced to make a lot of close saves in the first period.
In the second, the Bruins looked as though their legs got underneath them and started to control the game a little bit more than they did in the first. 54 seconds in, Bruins Captain Zedeno Chara blasted a low shot toward the Chicago net and Bruins winger Marco Sturm was there for the tip in that got past Khabibulin for the 1-0 lead.
The period really never had good flow to it. There were several penalties on both sides that caused a lot of stoppages of play and distracted the players from really having good flow in the game.
In the third, the Bruins and the Blackhawks went back and forth making both goalies stand on their heads to keep the game close.
At the 9:10 mark in the third, Jonathon Toews put one past Tim Thomas to tie the game at one. At the end of regulation Boston posted 39 shots on net and the Blackhawks had 32.
In overtime, the Blackhawks Cam Barker took a hooking penalty that left the Blackhawks scrambling. The Bruins peppered Khabibulin but he was like a brick wall not letting anything get by him.
In the shoot-out, Bruin Blake Wheeler was the first to shoot and made a nice move avoiding Khabibulin's poke check to take the lead in the shoot-out. Then Patrik Cane had a goal in the shoot-out to tie it up at one.
An unlikely hero for the Bruins, PJ Axelsson scored the winning goal. Axelsson was only in one other shoot-out years ago against the Rangers and did not score.
Game Notes: The Bruins have won seven of the last eight games and sit at the top of the Northeast Conference with 21 points. Tim Thomas continues to play great for the B's.
Chicago Coach Joel Quenneville said, "You've got to give the Bruins credit, they check well".
Another solid game was put in by Bruins defensemen Dennis Wideman and Andrew Ferrence. Tim Thomas made a great save on a breakaway in overtime against fellow University of Vermonter Patrick Sharp!
The Bruins will play again tonight at the Garden against another original six team, conference rivals, Montreal Canadiens. Should be another great game!
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