It would have been nice for the Blackhawks to be able to pad their lead 1 point lead on the 9th place Calgary Flames, but in Boston tonight, there was no chance of that. The Bruins supplied 3 goals to the scoreboard in their favour, and goalie Tim Thomas, who is having an outstanding year so far, made 32 saves. That earned him his 25th career shutout.
The first period went by rather uneventfully, with neither team managing to put a puck past the opposing goalie. But in the second, Big Captain Chara drew first blood for the Bruins with a slick wristshot. Less than two minutes later, Boychuck added to the lead with a snapshot of his own.
The hapless Hawks watched this action and were not able to answer back throughout the remainder of the period.
With only 5 minutes left in the third, Nathan Horton’s wrister made it passed Hawks’ rookie goalie Corey Crawford and all hopes of a much-needed 2 points for Chicago were lost.
Tomorrow night the Flames have a chance to inch their way closer to the coveted 8th place spot. Only 3 points seperate them from the Hawks, and only 4 points seperate them from the 7th place Ducks.
These excruciating slides up and down the lower Western conference rankings has been going on for a little over two weeks now, wreaking havoc on Blackhawks, Flames, Ducks and Predators fans who are weak of heart. In a much less log-jammed Eastern conference, the question of who is going to enter the post-season is almost undoubtedly answered. But several games are on hand for the teams in the West who are trying desperately to secure their spot and get themselves on the road to the Stanley Cup.
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Written by Anna Santiago
26-year old sports writer from Calgary, Alberta. A hockey and basketball lover above all.