The Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins have split their home and home series this weekend.
The Bruins won the first matinee tilt yesteday afternoon with a 7-4 trouncing of the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks returned the favor this afternoon in front of their fans at the United Center, scoring two late goals in the third period to win 3-1.
Here are some of my thoughts from both games:
Hayden called up
The Blackhawks called up forward John Hayden Saturday morning on an emergency basis, as Vinny Hinostroza was unavailable due to a family matter.
Hayden is the last Blackhawks call up for the rest of the season. As it stands, the Blackhawks will now go with 13 forwards and six defensemen for the rest of the regular season. Hayden had an immediate impact to the team, scoring a goal and having 12:22 of ice time, as well as scrapping with Bruins forward Sean Kuraly six minutes into the first period.
The game was not the only thing the Blackhawks lost on Saturday. They lost Anthony Duclair in the first period, when he hurt his knee and was clotheslined in a collision with Bruins forward Brad Marchand. Marchand himself did not play Sunday, due to a upper body injury. Duclair was seen today in the UC with a walking boot, and head coach Joel Quenneville said that he might be gone for one to two weeks.
It is not known whether or not Marchand will get a call from Player Safety about the hit. During Saturday’s post game, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy insisted that it was a good hit, and “both players seemed intent on avoiding each other”. In my opinion, Marchand has always been a pest, and given his history of questionable hits, Player Safety should have definitely reviewed the play.
Jekyll and Hyde once again
The Blackhawks continued with their Jekyll and Hyde season this weekend. The Bruins had a four goal runin the third period on Saturday, which started when Patrick Kane took an undisciplined four minute major for high-sticking. The Blackhawks penalty kill, which has been one of the few bright spots of this season, gave up four power play goals in Saturday’s game. They also gave up a shot handed goal during the first period.
Sunday, though, was a different story. The power play, a source of derision for most of the season, actually powered their win. Artem Anisimov opened the scoring today with a power play goal, redirecting a wrist shot from Jonathan Toews. Late in the third period, an undisciplined penalty by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara led to Patrick Kane’s game winning goal on the power play. Brent Seabrook sealed the deal with a minute and five seconds left in the third, going five hole against Anton Khudobin.
The Captain dominates
Toews had a really productive weekend. He scored a goal Saturday and had three helpers on Sunday, two of them on the power play. He now has 10 points in six games. The Captain has had an up and down season, mostly down, truth be told. But he is still, in my opinion, one of the best two way players in the game, and one of the most proud. Hopefully he continues the solid play to give him confidence going into next season.