Tonight’s Stanley Cup Finals rematch in Boston didn’t have the caché that it should have given the absence of Chicago’s Bryan Bickell and Patrick Kane but it was a pretty boring game regardless. The Bruins scored in the first period to take a 1-0 lead and after a quiet second Boston scored two goals in a mere 13 seconds to take command of the game.
Tuukka Rask recorded his seventh shutout of the season by stopping all 28 shots he faced. The city of Boston was in mourning after yesterday’s 9-alarm blaze on Beacon Street that saw the lives of two firefighters lost in the battle. A moment of silence was held before the game started and Coach Claude Julien wore a BFD pin on his lapel in support of the two fallen fireman and the team’s goalie wore a BFD winter hat for the pre-game skate.
The absence of Kane and Bickell may not have changed the outcome of the 3-0 loss. The season is starting to wear on a lot of teams and Chicago seems to be a step or two behind.
Patrice Bergeron was on fire scoring his 24th and 25h goals of the season. Boston is now 13-0-1 in their last 14 games and have been dominant since the Olympic Break. They are 9 points clear of Pittsburgh for the top spot in the East and have all but wrapped up home-ice through the conference finals.
For Chicago this loss hurts their quest for an opening round series at home. Corey Crawford has not been playing well and tonight may have been his low point of the season. Crawford tilted the net forward after he made a terrible play behind his net that allowed Brad Marchand to turn the puck over to the Bruins center for an open net. In a desperate effort to save himself Crawford grabbed the top of the net and shoved it so the puck would go under the net. The play was reviewed and Boston was awarded its final goal. That goal came on the heels of a Carl Soderberg goal just thirteen seconds previous.
Chicago will head to Ottawa tomorrow night before wrapping up the road trip in Pittsburgh Sunday Night.