January 19

Kane’s best shot drops the Bruins

A well-placed wrist shot gives the Chicago Blackhawks another big victory.

By Jay Cohen
The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Patrick Kane sped toward the net, and then shuffled his skates for a few precious seconds.

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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrates with teammates after the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 following their shootout period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

The Associated Press

Then came a well-placed wrist shot, and the Chicago Blackhawks had another big victory.

Something about the Boston Bruins brings out the best in Kane and Co.

Kane scored in a shootout to lift Chicago to a 3-2 win over Boston on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup finals, capping an impressive weekend for the Blackhawks that also included a victory over NHL-leading Anaheim.

“Two big games against two great teams,” Kane said. “I can’t say we were going as well as we wanted to before these two games.”

Jonathan Toews beat Tuukka Rask on the stick side to give the Blackhawks the lead in the tiebreaker, but Brad Marchand’s quick wrist shot got by Corey Crawford, tying it up for the Bruins.

Kane, last year’s playoff MVP, then skated toward the goal, slowed up for a second and sent a shot past Rask on the stick side to give Chicago the win. The Blackhawks had lost their previous seven games that had gone past regulation.

“It was a great test, and nice to finally get a shootout win, too,” Coach Joel Quenneville said.

Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig had the regulation goals for Chicago, which beat Boston in six games in June for the title. Quenneville picked up win No. 692, matching Dick Irvin Sr., for third on the NHL’s career list.

Marchand scored in each of the first two periods for the Bruins, who had won two of three. Rask had 35 stops.

“It’s always nice to get a couple, but I wasn’t really worried about trying to redeem myself from the finals or anything like that,” said Marchand, who was shut out in the playoff series against the Blackhawks. “It was just a big game for our team and we need these points right now.”

Defenseman Gregory Campbell had a chance to win it for Boston in overtime, but whiffed on a deflected puck.

“We had some chances you wish we would have buried, but it just continues to be the same as it was last year,” Bruins Coach Claude Julien said. “You need overtime to resolve these games against us.”

Chicago controlled much of the first and had a 1-0 lead before Marchand made the most of two open opportunities in a 69-second span overlapping the first two periods.

First, Marchand got a slick pass from Patrice Bergeron and sent a wrist shot over Crawford’s right shoulder at 19:41 of the first.

The Blackhawks lost the sneaky forward again at the start of the second, and he used a clever fake to set up a shot through Crawford’s legs for his 14th goal.

It was Marchand’s second multigoal game of the season. He has four goals and an assist in his past three games.

Boston’s 2-1 lead lasted about 10 minutes. The Blackhawks caught a break when Bollig’s bad-angle shot from the right side went off Rask’s left foot and into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

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