The Chicago Blackhawks figured out a way to get a point against the Minnesota Wild and now a tough Boston Bruins team awaits.
The Chicago Blackhawks were lucky to even get a point in their game against the Minnesota Wild. They were outplayed early on in the game which allowed the Wild to get out to a 2-0 lead in the hockey game. They were able to mount that two-goal come back to get the game to overtime and a minimum of one standings point. Every single point matters to the Hawks as they are in a tight race for a playoff spot.
Minnesota defenseman Mathew Dumba scored in overtime to give the Wild the 2-1 victory. The good news is they got a standings point on a night they didn’t play their best. That is always going to be the key to a team making it to the playoffs. They need to keep finding ways to get points along the way, even when they probably could have played better.
The tough test now, is that the Boston Bruins are headed to Chicago to take on the Hawks. Each team played last night so they are on an even playing field for this one. Tuukka Rask earned the shutout victory over the Vancouver Canucks so the Hawks will see Jaroslav Halak. Corey Crawford played against the Wild so the Bruins will face Robin Lehner.
The Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL. They get it done led by “The Perfection Line” made up of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak. They have some great depth scorers like Jake DeBrusk, Charlie Coyle, and David Krejci but that top line really drives the bus. Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Torey Krug, and Brandon Carlo lead one of the best defense cores in the whole league. This is one of the toughest challenges the Hawks will face down the stretch.
In order to beat one of the best teams in the league, they will need to play their game to the best of their ability. That means generating offense to try and beat a very stingy defense and goaltender. Patrick Kane was played well by Minnesota so it is possible he plays with a little extra effort against the Bruins. Robin Lehner playing well is also pivotal. This is definitely going to be an entertaining game for fans as well, it is on national television for a reason.