- The Bruins' six-game win streak that was snapped Sunday was their longest such streak of the season. The 29-year-old pivot has racked up five goals, 11 points and 17 shots on goal in the last five games, and he sits with 69 points through 53 appearances this season. Factor in daylight saving time and this felt like a 10:30 a.m. game.
But we're obviously seeing the Bruins hit the limit of losses they can withstand.
- Linemates Jake DeBrusk (seven points in the last six games) and David Krejci (six points in the last six games) each picked up an assist on Chara's goal. About 90 seconds later, Boston's Nick Holden fired the puck from the slot through the legs of teammate Rick Nash and off the right post.
Highmore broke a 3-3 tie by sending a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Rask inside the far post with 4:14 left in the second period.
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Down Marchand (and everybody else), though, the Bruins had a relatively top-heavy offensive attack centered around Pastrnak and Rick Nash on the wings, and with David Krejci asked to shoulder his first 20-minute game since February 17 against the Canucks.
Brian Gionta would lead all B's skaters with seven shots on goal. Homestand hero Brad Marchand, who scored three straight winning goals (two in overtime, one in the last minute of regulation) before Saturday, was involved in a first-period collision with Anthony Duclair that sent the 'Hawks forward out of the game with a right leg injury, leading to concern that the NHL Department of Player Safety, which has already suspended Marchand six times in his career, most recently a five-game ban from January 25-Feb.
Marchand continued in the game, playing just over 20 minutes and finishing with two assists in the Bruins' 7-4 victory.
And this nearly seems like the positive you'll spin any loss into these days. "I didn't think too much of it". Patrice Bergeron remained out because of a lower-body injury. And while the Bruins will gladly take the depth pieces contributing like they have, the absolute last thing the Bruins need is a repeat of last season's final week, which saw you lose both Brandon Carlo and Krug.
Chicago opened the scoring on the power play with 12:34 to play in the first period.
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For that to happen for the second season in a row (especially to the B's ultra-talented forward corps), would be the cruelest of fates for a team that's been so consistently good and borderline unbeatable when at 100 percent this season.
After surging late Saturday against Chicago on two third-period power-play goals 76 seconds apart, Boston will take a heavy dose of confidence into Sunday's back end of the home-and-home series.
The Bruins return to the rink Tuesday against the 'Canes.
The Bruins had four power-play goals.
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