This loss was a punch to the gut. The Bruins played 58 minutes of good hockey but that was not enough as they were beaten by the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0.
The Bruins were holding their own versus a team that is currently second in their division. The Bruins were getting pucks to the net and had plenty of oppurtunities to score. Tuukka Rask returned to form and stopped 21 shots. The defense was great as well they seemed to do their best to contain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The Bruins just were not able to pull this one out. “The winning goal goes through three of our guys and it’s in our net with a minute and a half left,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We have to stand there, take the responsibility for our own actions. It’s unfortunate because that minute and a half that was left in the game kind of tarnished everything we had done for the first 58 minutes.” Also, Matt Beleskey returned after missing 23 games due to a right knee injury. He was out there banging bodies and had a few oppurtunities to put one in the net.
The Blackhawks were backed by great goalie play. Scott Darling had a phenomenal game with a 30 save shutout. I don’t know if you guys know who my goalie partner is,” Darling said with a smile after beating the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night. “He’s one of the best goalies in the world, hands down, no arguments. So I’m just pretty happy to get any games I can.” The offense kept attacking and the Bruins defense finally collapsed with 1:26 ;eft in the game. Marian Hossa scored his 17th goal of the season.
The Bruins are holding a news conference at 11 A.M. to discuss the teams head coach position but reports are coming in that Claude Julien will be staying head coach. ESPN Hockey Analyst Joe McDonald reported this after the game on Friday night.
The Bruins look to end this losing streak versus the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.