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NHL: Boston shuts out defending champs Chicago

First Published Mar 27 2014 10:06 pm • Last Updated Mar 28 2014 04:33 pm

Boston • The Boston Bruins weren’t content with a one-goal lead, not against the team that erased that same deficit to win the Stanley Cup in their building.

So they scored two goals in a 13-second span early in the third period and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday night, nine months after their late collapse in Game 6 of last year’s finals.

At a glance

NHL standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Boston 73 50 17 6 106 233 153

Montreal 75 42 26 7 91 195 188

Tampa Bay 73 40 24 9 89 217 195

Detroit 73 33 26 14 80 195 209

Toronto 74 36 30 8 80 216 231

Ottawa 72 29 29 14 72 205 243

Florida 74 27 39 8 62 178 240

Buffalo 73 20 45 8 48 139 218

Metropolitan Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Pittsburgh 73 46 22 5 97 226 183

N.Y. Rangers 74 41 29 4 86 197 179

Philadelphia 72 38 27 7 83 206 204

Columbus 72 37 29 6 80 204 196

Washington 73 34 27 12 80 212 218

New Jersey 73 31 28 14 76 177 190

Carolina 73 32 32 9 73 184 205

N.Y. Islanders 73 28 35 10 66 204 246

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-St. Louis 73 50 16 7 107 238 164

Chicago 74 42 17 15 99 244 191

Colorado 73 46 21 6 98 224 200

Minnesota 74 37 26 11 85 183 188

Dallas 72 34 27 11 79 203 207

Nashville 74 32 31 11 75 183 219

Winnipeg 73 32 32 9 73 202 213

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-San Jose 74 47 18 9 103 227 177

x-Anaheim 72 47 18 7 101 231 182

Los Angeles 74 43 25 6 92 185 157

Phoenix 74 36 26 12 84 205 209

Vancouver 75 34 30 11 79 183 201

Calgary 73 30 36 7 67 185 214

Edmonton 73 25 39 9 59 180 241

x-clinched playoff spot

Thursday’s Games

Phoenix 3, New Jersey 2, SO

Tampa Bay 3, N.Y. Islanders 2, SO

Boston 3, Chicago 0

Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 2

Montreal 5, Detroit 4

Carolina 3, Florida 0

St. Louis 5, Minnesota 1

Nashville 6, Buffalo 1

Colorado 3, Vancouver 2, OT

Winnipeg at San Jose, late

Friday’s Games

Toronto at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Chicago at Ottawa, 5:30 p.m.

Nashville at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m.

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"Chicago’s an easy team to get up for, especially with what happened last year," Boston forward Chris Kelly said.

The Blackhawks clinched their second title in four years with a 3-2 victory when Brian Bickell tied it with 1:16 to play and Dave Bolland scored the winner with 59 seconds left last June 24.

"Coming back brought some memories," Chicago forward Patrick Sharp said after his first game at TD Garden since he and his teammates skated there with the Stanley Cup. "We’re happy with what we accomplished, but that’s in the past and we’re ready to try and do it again."

But the NHL’s highest scoring team couldn’t do much against the hottest, stingiest club in the league as Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots in posting his NHL-leading seventh shutout.

"You always feel better about yourself when you play good against good teams like that," he said. "I don’t think they got too many chances."

So the Blackhawks, in fourth place in the Western Conference, must wait to pick up the one point they need to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.

"We’re not looking too far ahead," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We’re looking to get one more win ... and go from there."

Lightning 3, Islanders 2, SO • In Tampa, Fla., Sami Salo joked that as the shootout went on and on, one thing went through his mind: "You’ve got to tie up your skates. I might get a chance."


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The 15-year NHL defenseman made the most of a rare shootout opportunity, scoring in the 13th round to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

"It just happened to go in," said Salo of his first successful shootout goal, coming in his third ever attempt. "It was obviously good for us."

The shootout was tied at 4 through 12 rounds before Salo put a backhander past Evgeni Nabokov. Ben Bishop preserved the win by making a glove save on Johan Sundstrom.



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