As the third period started tonight in Chicago, the Bruins were staring at a potential point-less two-game road trip.
However, some shootout heroics by two of the Bruins’ best players so far in this early season made sure they took two points from the Blackhawks before heading home.
Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal in the shootout and Tim Thomas made three saves against three of Chicago’s best players to earn Boston a 3-2 win and a split of its two-game road trip.
The Bruins lost the first game at Carolina Wednesday, and were riding a two-game losing streak overall. Thomas stopped Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp to seal the win. The Bruins goaltender made 27 saves on 29 shots in regulation and overtime.
Here are a couple quick-hit observations:
•It’s about time Nathan Horton scored his first goal of the season. The goal came 7:56 into the third period and tied the score at 2. It was also his first, and only, shot on net. The Bruins are going to need Horton to build off this game. More on that later.
•You’ve got to give Johnny Boychuk for doing most of the work on the Horton goal, as he chased his own dump-in and then made the pass out front. Boychuk was credited with three shots on net and six hits on the night.
•Despite the loss, I’m really liking my preseason pick of Chicago as Stanley Cup champs. Remember, the ‘Hawks were without Marian Hossa due to injury.
•Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg both hit the post. Rich Peverley missed the net on the breakaway. Yes, the Bruins could’ve ended this one a lot earlier.
•I’m not even going to mention the Bruins’ power play. Or maybe my analysis for tonight is just as invisible as that special teams unit.