Blackhawks vs Bruins: 1st Period Game Thread

Guess who’s coming to town? The team to hate from a city whose hotdogs and pizza are morally reprehensible, the Chicago Blackhawks, will be visiting the Garden tonight. Puck drops at 7.


  • The Blackhawks are coming off a 5-2 win at Detroit. Russian rookie sensation Artemi Panarin scored two goals last night for 24 on the season.
  • Everybody hates them, except Hawks fans, but they not know what they do.
  • Speaking of morally reprehensible, Patrick Kane is leading the team with 37 goals and 88 points. That’s the only remark I’ll make about his morals, or lack thereof, because hockey blog.
  • The Bruins’ leading scorer is, of course, the ever-so-perfect and certainly not morally reprehensible Saint Patrice Bergeron, with 54 points. Our leading goal scorer is his linemate and Valentine, Brad Marchand, with 32.
  • I never pegged Marchand to be a “first draft of a greeting card” kind of guy. Maybe it’s just a teammate thing – I bet he buys Ninja Turtles valentines for his wife.
  • Chicago has made several recent acquisitions (Ladd, Ehrhoff, et al), all for pennies on the dollar, of course, and are expected to somehow be improved from what they were earlier in the season, which could also have been described as “unfairly good”.
  • The Bruins added defenseman John-Michael Liles and wing Lee Stempniak, and also called up Noel Acciari from Providence. It could be said that we made much less of a splash at the deadline than the Blackhawks did.

Anyway, the Blackhawks are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. The Bruins are 6-3-1, which is slightly better. I’ll take what I can get, okay?

I’m writing this prior to the morning skate, so let’s assume Crawford and Rask are starting.

CRAWFORD: 34-16-3; 7 shutouts .928 SV% 2 PIM
RASK: 25-18-5; 4 shutouts .918 SV% 1 Assist

Surprisingly, Rask is leading the scoring race between the two, and is the better behaved goalie. What a good boy.

Bruins lines will likely be something like they were Tuesday against Calgary:

Here’s all the info we have from today’s optional skate:

I realize the skate is optional, but I might cry if Goose is between the pipes tonight, as we could have planned a little better if that is, in fact, the case.

unsure sigh

No update so far on Hawks’ lines, but here’s what they rolled out last night at Detroit:

Tom shrug


Excuses, excuses…

I don’t know that he was calling us out, but whatever. I think we should have booed harder, and should continue to boo hard. Dougie Hamilton is a weenie.

Bitches be trippin’.


Powdered Toast Panarin? Panarin Toast Man?


It’s a reach, but sure.

Cocky much?

Good to hear. Keep it up, boys!

We all need more Brad Marchand in our lives.

That’s all, folks.


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