South Bend, India – David Pasternak had a goal and help, Tuuka Rask made 36 saves, and Boston Bruins beat Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday 4-2 in the winter classic at Notre Dame.
Patrice Bergeron, Sean Curral and Brad Marquard also scored after Boston's victory for the second time in three appearances in the annual NHL match on New Year's Day. Bruins went 2 for 5 with the advantage of the man and killed all four players on the power of Blackhawks.
The game was tied in 2, when Boston (22-14-4) caught a break in the third period – a bit of luck in the home of the fight against the Irish. Matt Grisselk's great slap went from team-mate Chris Wagner before him, but Kurali defeated defender Blackhawks, Gustav Foreseing, and returned to the puck past Cam Ward at 10:20.
Supported by the bulk of the 76.126 crowd bustle in perfect open hockey conditions – the temperature during the game was 35.5 degrees, and gray, cloudy skies raced the sun from the equation – Chicago clung to the result of a bind in the last minutes, but came out empty.
Jonathan Toss sent a shot off the post after Blackhawks pulled out Ward for an extra striker at around 1:30 on the left. Marchan then added an empty net for his 13th season.
Chicago won five of the six, but remained without a winner in the fourth performance in the winter classic. Also, he dropped to 1-5 in six games in the open – he is also at the top of the league.
Brendan Pearlli and Dominique Kahun scored a goal for Blackhawks (15-21-6), and Ward made 32 stations.
Chicago jumped in front of him when he scored the first place for the sixth game. David Camp dug it back from behind the net and found wide open Pearlini at 8.30 at first.
It was the third goal of Pelini in the last eight games. He had two goals in 22 games with Arizona before he was sold in Chicago on November 25.
Pasternak responded with his team's best 24th goal at 12:38. With Artem Anisimov in the penalty box for exclusion, Pastrunck freed himself forward and slipped past Ward past. Then he celebrated by waving his hands like a bird.
Teams were again exchanged in the second. Kahun scored his fifth season when he redirected Eric Gustafsson from Rask but Bergeron equalized to 2 when he scored another goal for 1:12 in this period.
NOTES: Blackhawks F. Patrick Caine lost a series of seven matches. … Bruins F. David Bakes was second on a three-year suspension for an illegal head-on. … Marchand returned to the squad after he missed a 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday in Buffalo with injury to the upper body.
Bruins: Open home four on Thursday night against Calgary.
Blackhawks: Visit the islands in New York on Thursday night.