Well, at least the Hawks didn’t score first on Saturday…
The Bruins did. They scored the first two in fact. But before the scoring extravaganza could break out, Brad Marchand had to go and be Brad Marchand.
For reference, here’s the Marchand-Duclair incident at real speed pic.twitter.com/AhbSDUFAgk
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) March 10, 2018
Anthony Duclair was injured on the play and did not return to the game, skating only 59 seconds for the afternoon.
Noel Acciari opened the scoring short-handed and David Krejci scored a power play goal less than three minutes later and it appeared the Hawks were running on fumes.
Then Erik Gustafsson had a really good 30 seconds.
A Gustafsson blast was tipped home by Jonathan Toews only 17 second after the Krejci goal to cut the Boston lead in half.
Gustafsson took care of the business end himself 29 seconds later, unloading a big shot to tie the game at two.
John Hayden was recalled before the game on an emergency basis; Vinnie Hinostroza had to take care of a family matter, according to the team. Hayden drops the gloves with Sean Kuraly 5:41 into the game; it is Hayden’s fourth fight in the NHL this season.
Hayden helped the Hawks in a positive way early in the second period when he rifled home his fourth goal of the season.
Unfortunately, the parade to the penalty box continued and didn’t help the Blackhawks. Tomas Jurco went to the sin bin and Krejci scored his second power play goal of the afternoon to tie the game at three.
Arguably the most exciting moment of the afternoon sadly was the end of the scoring for Chicago. Rookie Matthew Highmore scored his first career NHL goal at 15:46 to regain the lead for the Hawks.
Gustafsson picked up his third point of the afternoon with an assist on the Highmore goal.
After 40 minutes, the Blackhawks had scored four goals against Tuukka Rask and took a lead to the third period.
Should we stop now? Before the bloodshed?
Boston scored three times in less than three minutes to blow the doors off the joint and effectively put the Hawks to bed. David Pastrnak, Brian Gionta and Rick Nash did the dirty work and the Hawks were a step slow on all three as Boston ran away and hid in the third.
Kuraly added the extra point into the empty net to make the final score 7-4 in favor of the home team.
JF Berbue wore it all, allowing six goals against 39 shots in an ugly afternoon that didn’t see him getting much help from the skaters in front of him.
The Hawks went to the box six times and allowed four power play goals.
After the worst game of each of their respective careers, the top line of Toews, Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane was more active on Saturday. Kane led Chicago with five shots on net. Toews scored his 19th of the season and won 15 of 23 at the dot. And three of Saad’s six shot attempts were on net in the loss.