Bruins can't handle Kane, Keith
Boston unable to contain Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith
Patrick Kane, This Season
Kane and Able
Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane scored his 19th goal of the season and he struck again from close range against the Bruins. Kane has scored 11 of his 19 goals this season from in front of the net, despite being one of the smaller Blackhawks (5-10, 190 pounds). Kane now has nine goals in his last 10 games.
On Thursday, only 16 of Chicago's 36 shots (44.4 percent) came within the Quality Shot Range (see graphic below for QSR explanation). The Blackhawks did get three goals within the QSR on Thursday but their attack was more based on an aggressive forecheck that created 5 giveaways by the Bruins and 6 takeaways by Chicago in the offensive and neutral zones. The Bruins had 13 of their 21 shots (61.9 percent) in the QSR, including two goals.
Duncan Keith, Last 6 games
|Stat||First 5 games||Thu. Vs BOS|
|Shots per game||1.8||3|
Blackhawks blueliner baffles Bruins
The Boston Bruins did their best to shut down the Blackhawks' 3-headed monster of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Kane, holding them to just nine total shots and allowing a late goal after the game was decided. However, D-Man Duncan Keith stepped up to lead the offensive charge, matching his point total for the last 5 games and scoring 2 goals for the first time in his last 418 games.
Bruins Missing Their Stars
Without injured centers Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard, who left Thursday's game after one shift, the Bruins generated little from the middle of the ice. Boston centers David Krejci and Vladimir Sobotka combined for just two shots while Steve Begin and Mark Recchi -- who both played center in Savard's absence, failed to record a shot.
Bruins left winger Milan Lucic, who had not played since Nov. 25 due to a high ankle sprain, returned to the lineup, but had little impact outside of five hits. Lucic did not record a shot and was a minus-2 in 17 shifts (16:31 of ice time).