The Bruins start 2019 with a win as each player on top line scores to beat Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium.
On the first day of the new year, the Chicago Blackhawks faced off against the Boston Bruins at the iconic Notre Dame Stadium in the annual Winter Classic. The stadium was sold out in the second largest attendance for an outdoor hockey game, and they all had to watch the BlackHawks lose outside, again. The Bruins top line and the gritty game-winner from Kuraly was enough to get the two points against the Blackhawks. Chicago has played in six outdoor games and has only won one, while Boston picks up their second win in the three outdoor games that they have played in.
You knew this was going to be a good one from the start, and no matter where these two teams are in the standings, both lineups have superstars that are going to make plays. Things got started in the middle of the first period when the Hawks broke through with a shot from Perlini wide open in the slot to give them a 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last long though, as the Bruins found themselves on the power play a few minutes later in the period and David Pasternak capitalized on a pass from the Patrice Bergeron, who recently returned to the lineup, to tie the game at one. The Hawks come back again in the second to score the only goal of the period to have the lead going into the third.
Starting the third the Blackhawks ran into penalty troubles that the Bruins took advantage of, as Bergeron finds the net with the assist from Pasternak. After the early period goal, the Bruins had the momentum and were really putting pressure on the Bruins looking for the go-ahead goal, and halfway through the third, it came.
The game-winner came at the end of a great shift from Boston’s fourth line where Wagner sat down a Blackhawks defensemen, then a goal on a tip out front by Kuraly to give the Bruins there first lead in the game. The Blackhawks leading goal scorer, Patrick Kane created chances down the stretch that just were not getting by Tukka Rask, who when he was beaten by Captain Johnathan Toews the post was there to save him. Brad Marchand secured the victory when he split the defense to score on the empty net and the Bruins win 4-2. The Bruins get a much needed two points and the Winter Classic did not disappoint.