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Bruins defeat Blackhawks, but aren’t ‘satisfied’ despite latest victory

Mar 27, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins just keep on rolling.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the shutout, as the Bruins won for the 13th time in their last 14 games by defeating the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday.

In that lone loss over this terrific stretch, the Bruins still gained a point. So, yeah, they appear to be hitting their peak with the playoffs right around the corner.

The Bruins have been to the Stanley Cup Final twice in the past three seasons, winning in 2011. So, as good as a winning streak in March is, this team has a bigger goal in mind.

“We’re in right position right now as far as where our game is at. But satisfied is a word that doesn’t exist in our room,” said head coach Claude Julien, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

The Bruins used the the quick-strike method to put the Blackhawks away in the third period. Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron scored 13 seconds apart to increase Boston’s lead from one to three goals.

On the Bergeron goal, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who coughed up the puck behind the net and tried to recover in time, pushed the net upward from the back, which caused the puck to go out the other side instead of hitting the mesh. After a review, the original call on the ice – no goal – was overturned.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Great game boys. But not having Kane is a huge blow.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    14 game point streak :)

  3. govtminion - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    This really was a great game- both teams played a tough effort tonight, we could do a lot worse than to have these two go at it again in the Finals.

  4. titansbro - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Unless you think Kane was gonna score 4 goals then he wouldn’t have made a difference tonight. He certainly wasn’t gonna keep the Bruins to lower than the 3 they got. Hell they might’ve gotten 5 with him on the ice. If the margin was 1-2 goals I might agree with you.

    • c9castine - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      always an indicator of somebodys grasp of the game when they think that a persons stats are the only way they contribute to a game….

      dont worry about matchups and powerplays and coverages and whatnot. small matters.

      • matt14gg - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Well said

  5. blomfeld - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    “The Boston Bruins just keep on rolling” …

    Yeah … and so did the military discipline of ‘cavalry’ until they met their match in the form of ‘tanks’ in 1918 … the bottom line is that this year’s SC champion can only be one of three ‘dynamic’ California based teams (LA, SJ and Anaheim) and therefore anything the Bruins do from here on in, is akin to ‘pissing’ in the wind …

    GO KINGS GO !!! …. TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!

    • jhaegs - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      The only Battle of the Bulge here, is you trying to hide your hard-on for D-Brown…

      • blomfeld - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        Jhaegs – I’ll have you know friend that I reject your retort in ‘no’ uncertain terms, as no less is my love for the LA Kings than my love for our ‘glorious’ captain, Dustin Brown Esquire ! :)

        Return to Sender ! … with prejudice !

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        Oh, there you are jhaegs.

        Wherefore your extended absence after the Hawks chased Ryan Miller?

      • jhaegs - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:15 AM

        You still talking comeon(me)nowguys? Hawks beat the Blues… want us to give you the Cup now?

        P.S. 3 games to 1

    • kfrase99 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      Not only have the B’s already beaten all of the CA teams this year (SJ more than once), the scariest thing about the way the Bruins are playing right now is that you would have to beat them 4 times in 7 games…yikes.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      A thumbs up for that dashing and handsome young Robert Shaw before the bottle got the better of him.

    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      I commend you. What an excellent way to I keep your posts relevant after the kings are eliminated … Hitch onto Ana and SJ. Brilliant!!!

  6. packerswin96 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    They aren’t satisfied because they know they won’t win the Cup because the Montreal Canadiens will beat them! And there is nothing they can do about it.

    • govtminion - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      …What color is the sky on your planet?

      Just wondering.

    • blomfeld - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      “You see, the French haven’t the nature for war. Their Gallic laziness combines with their Latinate voluptuousness with the result that they would rather eat and make love with their faces than fight”.

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cloudniner9 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Habs own the Bruins in the regular season, but the Bs own the Habs in the playoffs, which do you think is more important, I am counting recent history, not 50 years ago, Montreals lack of depth could be a problem in the playoffs

  7. savior72 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Go easy on the Prozac Blommy

  8. savior72 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Probably Mint Green

    • blomfeld - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      back off Savior72 … seriously

      • sabatimus - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        Dish it but can’t take it, eh?

      • amerika1313 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:54 AM

        If you open the door, don’t be surprised when people walk through it.

      • titansbro - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        oh seriously? lol.

      • gallyhatch - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        “back” “off” “or” “else”

        “seriously”

  9. slaugin - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Montreal won’t even get out of the first round

  10. 19to77 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    What a huge night from Bergeron. Every time he hit the ice he was a difference-maker.

  11. packerswin96 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Bully me (just like the B’s always try to do) all you want, but all of you know that the Habs are in the B’s head and that they are the only team in the Eastern conference that they do not want to play!

    • the8man - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      The Habs are playing very well. That terrific comeback against Ottawa has ignited them and they have become dangerous. They are to be respected. But if the Bruins can hold serve and finish first in the conference, they wouldn’t see the Habs unless they made the Conference Finals. If it even happens, it’s a long way off.

      Right now, it’s more of an issue for the Pens than the Bs, So let’s table this discussion until then.

      • imgoingtowichita - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Allow me to edit “That (game that was given to them by the officials) against Ottawa” …

      • habsmansboyfriend - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        “The terrific comeback against Ottawa” ??!?? Seriously? Sure helps to have the refs in your back pocket…………

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      No bullying here, I agree. The Bruins will have a very tough time if they have to play the Habs in the playoffs. Fortunately the rest of the eastern conference doesn’t share the same mental block and there is a chance the Habs won’t make it past the first round. The B’s used to thrive on the games where the opponents got under their skin and raised their ire, now it seems they play their best when they stick to the system and don’t get involved in the side show. It will be fun to see what happens.

    • titansbro - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Eh, the Bruins let them get to them in the regular season sure. But they know they can’t do that stuff in the playoffs.

  12. slaugin - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    If the Selke comes down to Bergeron and Toews I think Bergy should send this tape in cause he outplayed his counterpart tonight in all aspects

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      By that reasoning, Crosby can’t beat Toews for Hart because of the March 1 game. Is that the way we’re going with this?

      • matt14gg - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        You are right, you don’t win or lose anything in one game. OTOH I just think Bergeron better defines the def of the Selke. Take nothing away from Toews, because he is a great player. I just think Bergeron is a tick better.

    • c9castine - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      yeah i mean you dont gauge a whole season on one game.

      this isnt the NFL

  13. savior72 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Hit a sore nerve there I guess hey blommy?

  14. blackhawks2010 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Credit Bruins for a solid win. Looking forward to the Hawks playing full strength when Kaner returns. Playoff hockey just around the corner!

    • matt14gg - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Loved Julien’s comments before last night’s game regarding the Blackhawks. The Bruins just came off a game against the Habs (whom Julien and most hockey fans regard as a cowardly team that plays the game the wrong way) and he spoke about playing a team that plays the game “the right way” (the Blackhawks). I know Bruins players and management hold the Blackhawks in high regard and I think the feeling is mutual. As awful as it was for the B’s to lose the Cup the way they did last year, even most Bruins fans conceded that they had great respect for the team that beat them. The same could not/would not have been said had another cowardly team (the Canucks) beaten them.

      The league would be a hell of a lot better (and it is already great) if all teams played the game the way the Bruins and the Blackhawks do. Not saying they are the only two teams that play the game “the right way”, but the league would be even better if we could get rid of the gutless style of hockey played by the Canadiens and the Canucks.

  15. toiletclown - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Can’t wait until these guys blow it in the first round

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      What does this story have to do with the annual epic failure known as the Penguins?

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        how is it an epic failure to not win the cup every year? do 28 other teams have epic failures too then? you act like the pens are winning the presidents trophy every year. i’m a pens fan and i havent considered them a favorite in years and anyone who follows the nhl shouldnt either. is it easy to feel better about getting so close and losing when you can pick on other fans because their team didnt get as close to losing it all? how does that make sense? unless you’re a chicago fan you really cant say s***. i’ve personally never seen such an embarrassing defeat in a stanley cup finals game as what i saw happened to the bruins in the last 2 minutes of game 6. i would be having nightmares still and sure as hell wouldnt have anything to say to other fans based on that epic failure if i were a bruins fan…

      • mornelithe - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Better to lose game 6 of the finals, than get the floor mopped with your Captains face, on the way to a 4-0 sweep in a playoffs you were considered the majority favorite to win.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        ok guy you still walk away with nothing. just like the 15 other times in your teams history. something to be real proud of, losing when it counts the most.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        “…to not win the cup very year…do 28 other teams have epic failures to…” As a fan of the flightless birds I’m surprised that you’re unaware that your team hasn’t won a single playoff game beyond the second round since 2009. You’re also deflecting your inferiority complex with your commentary regarding last year’s playoff embarrassment. I’m aware that education is lacking in the backwoods that is Yinzer town, but only a complete moron could think that a team was less successful by losing in the Finals in 6 games to a superior team as opposed to getting neutered in a 4 game sweep while amassing a whopping 2 goals. You also fail (again) to realize that had Boston not gagged away the final minutes of game 6, they still would’ve had to win game 7 in Chicago against a team and organization that will never be confused with the Vancouver Canucks. School’s out, now run along and play with your friends.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        if you view losing as any measure of success then you are the moron. success by definition means accomplishing one’s goals. if the bruins goal was to lose in the last 2 minutes of game 6 then congratulations, they were more successful. no team starts the year with losing something as a goal…have you played a sport before? have you seen talledega nights…maybe thats a better question for you? if you’re not first you’re last. point is they have been successful once in the last 40 years and only 6 times in their 90 year history (6/19 appearances…yikes), thats a 6% of the time they’ve won the cup…interestingly the exact same as pittsburgh since their existence – 3 cups in 47 years – 6%. so maybe you should make sure you arent throwing rocks from your glass house there in whatever south boston slum you come from.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        By your “logic”, that there is no degree of success, the Florida Panthers will be happy to know that they had just as successful as a season last year as your beloved Penguins. Sounds like you’re happy that your team got swept in the ECF as opposed to winning another 6 games and losing in the SCF. Did the Bruins fail in reaching their ultimate goal? Of course they did but you can’t make a case for Pittsburgh as having as successful of a season as Boston. I actually used to like the Penguins, more specifically former owner Roger Marino. Because of him I’ve been able to ensure that I never have to worry about living in my “South Boston slum”.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        since 2006-2007 the penguins have played in the roughly the same number of playoff games as the bruins. neither team was any good for several years before then. same number of stanley cups, conf finals, wins, etc. in fact in that time both teams have been first round losers twice in the playoffs as well. you boston fans seem to view recent history as more successful yet they are mirror images of “success” since the lockout and the crosby/malkin and bergeron/chara era started and technically the penguins have qualified 1 more season that the bruins have in that time period. i dont see that as being any more successful than the other though, i dont get how you can….unless you just started watching hockey in 2011. i remember a certain bruins legend leaving after 20 years because he wanted to win a cup and the team was just terrible. it was around the same time the penguins were on their way to kansas city. its great that there’s competition between them these days but just because the media has made you hate crosby and the penguins doesnt mean your bruins are any more successful because they dont get slobbered over as much by pundits who work for television networks and newspapers.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        and by the way…steroids and stubborn pride killed mike webster, not the rooneys

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Well, there’s really nothing that I can disagree with in your most recent comment. Fortunately (or unfortunately cuz I just missed #4) I started watching hockey in the late 70’s when the Bruins were almost always second best to the dynasty that was the Canadiens. I was also fortunate enough to watch Mario’s memorable first game as he sped past “a legend” and undressed Pete Peeters. I found the Bourque trade to be a “mercy killing” for a team that was dead in the water and was elated to see him hoist the cup. The “one man parade” that the city of Boston had for him following the victory was a tad excessive. The Flyer/Habs rivalry I grew up with has morphed into a Pens/Habs one which I’m sure stokes the fire. I’ve seen a lot of talk about the Bruins peaking too early this season, as some have argued the Pens did last year, but my black and gold colored glasses lead me to think that they have too much depth with their 4 lines to let that happen. I’m more concerned about their tendency to allow too many odd man rushes and relying on Rask to bail them out. As I’ve posted recently, I wouldn’t be shocked to see a MTL/PHI ECF when all is said and done. But I guess that’s why they play the games.

  16. dropthepuckeh - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    The whole game felt very “safe” to me – neither team wanting to piss off the dance chaperones.

    Maybe they wanted to avoid needless injury or maybe just mutual respect and < 10 games left in the pre-season.

    Good hockey but lacking the hate and passion from Monday night. Granted the B's lost Monday when they got too hot headed but something tells me Chicago with or without Kane was not bringing their playoff best. Great team though, so many quality guys and none of the b.s. that plagues so many teams.

  17. jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    peaking too early….julien knows it

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Right, they should be losing now, that would be better. They are winning games without playing their best hockey. I’ll take it. No need for players only meetings and calling out people for lack of passion in this locker room. But whatever make you feel better about today’s snapshot of the NHL. Throw it out the window in two weeks….

    • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      just sayin. the coach isnt satisfied because he knows that its easy to get complacent when things are going well. he’s a smart coach, he’s been around the block. he would rather have this kind of streak going in april/may than feb/march. the slightest bit of adversity could trigger a landslide if you’re complacent now…thats all i meant by it, julien is no fool.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        It’s March 28th and there are nine games left in the regular season, I’d say it is the perfect time to be on a streak. I agree though that Claude is no fool. I hope he is able to find a way to keep Chara, Bergeron and Krejci off the ice for a bunch of minutes without disrupting the mojo.

        I wish we could fast forward the next two weeks but I guess it will be fun to see how the rankings end up and who gets the 8th spot.

  18. comeonnowguys - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Bruins clearly wanted it more last night.

  19. dropthepuckeh - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    FYI – for all the folks who pay attention to the three stars of the game and got upset that Miller was named against the Habs, the Boston Fire Department was last night’s #1 star of the game. Hard to argue that one and great to see the players in BFD hats in warmups and after the game. True heroes.

  20. slysipops - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    it is so hard watching the HAWKS do all the slipping and sliding skating and then try a fancy pass that doesn’t connect …again ! just shoot for pete’s sake…. and on the net a little more please ! maybe Q needs to put a 1 holed shooter tooter over the nets during practise….. i’m so tried of hear ….shot goes wide of the net………………shot goes over the net ! things aren’t getting much better as the playoffs get closer fellow hawk fans ! and please FOLLI JUST ANNOUNCE THE GAME without all the soapbox stuff or the childlike enunciations !

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