After a solid home win against Vancouver, the Bruins hopped on a plane and prepared to play in Chicago for Wednesday Night Rivalry.
Coming into this game the Bruins had won four straight after the All-Star break and the Chicago Blackhawks were 8-1-1 in their last 10 so it was bound to be a good one. This game made its way to overtime as Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner was outstanding the entire game as the Blackhawks were held to only 13 shots through 40 minutes. Meanwhile, Lehner had 38 saves on 40 shots and virtually covered the entire net except for a goal by Sean Kuraly. Since being a healthy scratch, Sean Kuraly has been on a tear on the third line with Anders Bjork and Charlie Coyle. Coyle has the ability to take over in the offensive zone and play keep away until one of his teammates cuts open. The energy brought by Kuraly on the forecheck helped Bjork get his skating legs underneath him and create quality chances in front of the net. Other than the first line, the line of Coyle, Kuraly, and Bjork was leaps and bounds ahead of what the Blackhawks has out on the ice.
The Bruins did end up getting a bit of luck on their side as the Blackhawks with under 2 minutes remaining put a puck past Halak BUT as Krug tripped Olli Maatta he shoved the puck forward with his hands and made an illegal hand pass saving the Bruins buns.
In overtime, the Bruins had to kill a penalty and Torey Krug coming out of the box had an early opportunity but Lehner stood tall in net. With 1:19 gone in overtime, McAvoy tallied his first goal of the year after not scoring in the first 51 games this year. David Krejci sent a pass to Debrusk and McAvoy drove hard to the nets and Debrusk put it right on his tape and it was an easy one for him to put in.
With this win, the Bruins take sole possession of first in the entire NHL with the Capitals, Blues and Lightning closely behind. This should be a fun spring for the boys.
Photo from the Boston Globe