(CHICAGO) — In a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, the defending champs came out with another thrilling victory. Patrick Kane scored a game-winner in the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 home win over Boston on Sunday.
The Blackhawks (32-8-11, 75 pts) snapped a seven game losing streak in contests that went past regulation and completed a weekend that also included a victory over NHL-leading Anaheim. Marian Hossa put Chicago ahead in the first period before Boston (30-15-3, 63 pts) got a tying tally from Brad Marchand with less than one minute left in the frame.
Marchand then put the Bruins on top just fifty seconds into the second period for a 2-1 lead. Boston looked to hold that lead but Brandon Bollig beat Tuukka Rask on a sharp-angle shot midway through the period that knotted up the contest yet again. Neither team could find the back of the net over the final 30 minutes of regulation or the five minute overtime frame, sending the contest into a shootout.
Jonathan Toews put Chicago on top after Ryan Spooner missed Boston’s first attempt. Following another Bruins miss, Corey Crawford needed one stop to secure the victory. However, Marchand once again beat the Blackhawks netminder putting the fate of the game on Kane’s stick. The Con Smythe trophy winner as the playoff MVP from a year ago was up to the task, beating Rask stick side for the win.
Rask ended the game with 35 saves for Boston while Crawford stopped 34 shots in the win.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN