Bruins defeat Blackhawks, but aren’t ‘satisfied’ despite latest victory

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The Boston Bruins just keep on rolling.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the shutout, as the Bruins won for the 13th time in their last 14 games by defeating the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday.

In that lone loss over this terrific stretch, the Bruins still gained a point. So, yeah, they appear to be hitting their peak with the playoffs right around the corner.

The Bruins have been to the Stanley Cup Final twice in the past three seasons, winning in 2011. So, as good as a winning streak in March is, this team has a bigger goal in mind.

“We’re in right position right now as far as where our game is at. But satisfied is a word that doesn’t exist in our room,” said head coach Claude Julien, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

The Bruins used the the quick-strike method to put the Blackhawks away in the third period. Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron scored 13 seconds apart to increase Boston’s lead from one to three goals.

On the Bergeron goal, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who coughed up the puck behind the net and tried to recover in time, pushed the net upward from the back, which caused the puck to go out the other side instead of hitting the mesh. After a review, the original call on the ice – no goal – was overturned.

Video: Blackhawks’ goalie Crawford pushes net up on Bruins goal

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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, either by accident or by design, pushed the net up from the back on what looked to be sure Boston Bruins goal in the third period of Thursday’s game.

Nice try. Didn’t work.

Crawford got caught on a giveaway after he played the puck behind the net. As Bruins’ center Patrice Bergeron was about to shoot into a wide open net, Crawford pushed the net up from the back, causing the puck not to hit the mesh but to go out the other side.

The referee closest to the play immediately waved it off. However, upon review, the call on the ice was overturned. It was Boston’s second goal in 13 seconds in the third period, as they defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions by a final of 3-0.

From the NHL’s Situation Room Blog:

At 5:41 of the third period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Boston Bruins game, the Situation Room initiated video review after the puck entered the Chicago net. The Situation Room supported the referees’ group decision on the ice that the net remained in its proper place when Patrice Bergeron’s shot crossed the goal line. Initially, the referee closest to the net had waved off the goal, but after consulting with the other officials, the referees’ group decision was a good goal. Video review supported that group decision. According to Rule 78.4 “The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice”. Good goal Boston.

PHT Morning Skate: Bruins hungry for challenges

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Without much left to play for before the postseason starts, the Boston Bruins are looking for challenges to keep them sharp. They should get just that from the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. (CSN New England)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a $1,200 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday’s NHL games. It’s $10 to join and first prize is $275. Starts Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

The Carolina Hurricanes have inked 20-year-old forward Phil Di Giuseppe to an entry-level contract. (Hurricanes.nhl.com)

Here’s a look back at the Jarome Iginla trade. (Calgary Sun)

How long will Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith be out? Details on the severity of his leg injury are still scarce, but one report suggests that he will miss two weeks. (Fox Sports)

This certainly hasn’t been a good year for Canadian-based teams. (Vancouver Sun)

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and forward Brian Boyle think Ryan McDonagh should be regarded as a serious contender for the Norris Trophy. (The Bergen Record)

While we’re on the subject of the Norris Trophy, here’s the case for Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. (Flames.nhl.com)

New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer is among those who have reservations about the NHL’s realignment after it left the league with two conferences of different sizes. (New Jersey Online)

Highlights from the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers:

Bruins’ Miller expresses concern after taking out 1/6th of Montreal’s forwards

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Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller had a pretty eventful Monday night, taking out a pair of Habs forwards — Dale Weise and Travis Moen — in the span of roughly 45 seconds.

Miller caught Weise with a hit from behind early in the first period, then fought Moen in retaliation. When the dust cleared, Weise had left the game for good with an undisclosed injury and Moen’s night was finished after taking this punch in the melee:

“I hope [Wiese] is all right — both those guys,” Miller said, per CSNNE. “To be honest with you about the hit, I felt bad about it. I just kind of bumped into him. I think he was a little off balance. I stood there just trying to make sure he was okay for a second, and Moen asked if I wanted to go.

“I just hope they’re both okay.”

The 26-year-old Miller is quickly proving himself to be one of the toughest pound-for-pound guys in the league. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he’s a fairly physical specimen — though hardly a giant — and his ability to throw down has turned a lot of heads. Decisive victories over the likes of Moen,  Ottawa’s Zack Smith and San Jose’s Mike Brown have earned Miller a reputation, one head coach Claude Julien says is well deserved.

“He just plays well all-around,” Julien told the Boston Herald. “He moves the puck well, he defends well, he’s strong, he’s winning his battles, he stands up for himself, and so not disappointed with him at all.”

Bruins’ Lucic calls Canadiens’ Emelin ‘a chicken’

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Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic unleashed on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin – but not with his fists.

Lucic had some strong words for Emelin following Monday’s heated match-up between the two Original Six rivals, which was won in the shootout by the Canadiens.

Lucic took issue with a hip check Emelin threw on him in the first period, drawing a response from Zdeno Chara. And Lucic didn’t hold back his feelings of the hit, or Emelin.

“Whether it’s fair, legal or whatever you want to call it, if he wasn’t scared, he would stand up and hit me and not go after my knees,” Lucic said, as per ESPN Boston.

“It just shows how big of a chicken he is that he needs to go down like that to take me down. It shows what kind of player he is, and on my end, you know you’ve got to keep your guard up at all times.”

Later in the game, it appeared Lucic caught Emelin with a spear, however he denied that.

There was another incident in the first period, in which two members of the Canadiens were hurt. Forward Dale Weise was hurt on a hit from Bruins’ Kevan Miller, who was called for cross checking on the play. Habs’ forward Travis Moen stepped in to fight Miller, but was knocked to the ice after taking a punch to the side of the head.

“I hope [Weise] is all right — both those guys. To be honest with you about the hit, I felt bad about it. I just kind of bumped into him,” Miller told CSNNE.com.

“I think he was a little off balance. I stood there just trying to make sure he was okay for a second, and Moen asked if I wanted to go. I just hope they’re both okay.”