The Blackhawks came into Boston on Tuesday night playing well, but the physical Boston Bruins weren’t having it.
Chicago got on the board first when Alex DeBrincat scored his 29th of the season.
Dominik Kahun and Dylan Strome were credited with the assists on DeBrincat’s goal.
The game stayed tied for ten minutes but Boston was controlling the action. When Brent Seabrook went to the box late in the period, the flood gates opened.
Boston scored three unanswered goals in the final 5:13 of the period to run away to a 3-1 lead. The Bruins out-shot the Hawks 14-7 in the period, and the Blackhawks only put one shot on net in the final ten minutes of the period.
The Bruins continued to carry the action through the first 19 minutes of the second period and continued to dominate the game offensively, but Collin Delia did a nice job of keeping the Hawks in the game. Jake DeBrusk was able to extend Boston’s lead to three at 18:06 and the Hawks needed to show some desperation.
Duncan Keith was able to cut the lead back to two with his third of the season with 23 seconds remaining.
Boston out-shot the Hawks 14-6 in the second period and took a 4-2 lead to the third.
Almost four minutes into the third John Hayden went after Noel Acciari, who had delivered a big hit on Patrick Kane earlier in the game. The two were only given minor penalties for roughing, so the two teams had two minutes of 4-on-4.
The Hawks took advantage of the open ice and Erik Gustafsson sniped home his 13th of the year, cutting the lead to one.
Whatever hope the Hawks had generated with their third goal evaporated quickly. Peter Cehlarik scored a power play goal for Boston less than three minutes later and the Hawks would never get back to within one.
David Krejci closed the books eight minutes later, making the final score 6-3 in favor of the Bruins.
Delia stopped 31 of 37 in the loss, but he didn’t get much help from the defense in front of him. Gustav Forsling continues to struggle, making us wonder how long the Blackhawks can keep Henri Jokiharju in Rockford if the team is sincere about making a playoff push.
Somehow Strome and Keith were plus-three.
DeBrincat, Kahun and Gustafsson led the Blackhawks with four shots on goal. Jonathan Toews won 13 of 25 faceoffs and was credited with two takeaways in the game.