Winter Classic Recap – 1/1/2019 – Boston Bruins v. Chicago Blackhawks

Boston Bruins (21-14-4 46pts) v. Chicago Blackhawks (15-20-6 36pts)


Game Recap:

For the 11th Annual Winter Classic, the host Chicago Blackhawks would fall to the Boston Bruins 4-2 at the historic Notre Dame Stadium. This was a tightly contested game that showed great play in the net for both Tuukka Rask and Cam Ward, but it would be Sean Kuraly would bat in the loose puck to score the game winner for the Bruins.



Boston Bruins:

Brad Marchand —¬†Patrice Bergeron¬†—¬†David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk¬†—¬†David Krejci¬†—¬†Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Danton Heinen¬†—¬†Sean Kuraly¬†—¬†Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom¬†—¬†Colby Cave¬†—¬†Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara¬†—¬†Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug¬†—¬†John Moore

Matt Grzelcyk¬†—¬†Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Ryan Donato

Injured: Charlie McAvoy (lower body)

Suspended: David Backes


Chicago Blackhawks:

Brandon Saad¬†— Jonathan Toews —¬†Dominik Kahun

Artem Anisimov¬†—¬†Dylan Strome¬†— Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat¬†—¬†David Kampf¬†—¬†Dylan Sikura

Brendan Perlini¬†—¬†Marcus Kruger¬†—¬†John Hayden

Duncan Keith¬†—¬†Erik Gustafsson

Gustav Forsling¬†—¬†Brent Seabrook

Carl Dahlstrom¬†—¬†Connor Murphy

Cam Ward

Collin Delia

Scratched: Chris Kunitz, Andreas Martinsen

Injured: Corey Crawford (concussion)




First Period:

Bruins Penalty – 5:52 – Brandon Carlo 2 minutes for Holding

Blackhawks Goal – 8:30 – Brendan Perlini (5) from David Kampf (10) and Dylan Sikura (3)

Blackhawks Penalty – 12:05 – Artem Anisimov 2 minutes for Tripping

Bruins PPG – 12:38 – David Pastrnak (24) from Patrice Bergeron (20)

Bruins Penalty – 17:03 – Matt Grzelcyk 2 minutes for High Sticking


End of 1st РBOS Р1       CHI Р1

Shots              14                12

Faceoffs         08                09

Hits               10                  10

PP                 1/1                 0/2



Bruins – The Bruins had a good start to the game by generating good zone time that lead to two really good scoring chances. However, after their first penalty kill, they would still give up the first goal of the game, but they would respond by capitalizing on their lone powerplay of the period.


Blackhawks – The Blackhawks played a good solid period that saw them generate chances with their powerplay opportunities, and also score the first goal of the game.


Need to Do:

Bruins – The Bruins need to continue pressing the play in the Blackhawks zone, and continue to capitalize on their powerplay opportunities.


Blackhawks – The Blackhawks need to do a better job on special teams. They need to generate more traffic in front of Tuukka Rask while on the powerplay, and to lockdown their zone better and force the Bruins to shoot from outside of the slot area while on the penalty kill.


Second Period:

Bruins Penalty – 2:23 – Sean Kuraly 2 minutes for Hooking

Blackhawks Goal – 11:24 – Dominik Kahun (5) from Erik Gustafsson (14) and Jonathan Toews (20)

Blackhawks Penalty – 17:57 – Erik Gustafsson 2 minutes for Roughing

Bruins PPG – 18:48 – Patrice Bergeron (13) from David Pastrnak (26) and Torey Krug (20)

Bruins Penalty – 19:50 – Matt Grzelcyk 2 minutes for Hooking


End of 2nd РBOS Р2        CHI Р2

Shots               24                 28

Faceoffs          18                 23

Hits                 20                  21

PP                   2/2                  0/3



Bruins – Not a good first half to the second period for the Bruins, but their special teams was a key factor in this period as they killed off another penalty, and scored on their lone powerplay opportunity to tie the game at 2 a piece.


Blackhawks – The Blackhawks dominated the first half of this period generating 12 of the first 16 shots. However, they were unable to capitalize on their lone powerplay of the period, and were scored against on their lone penalty kill of the period as well, going 0 for 2 when down a man.


Need to Do:

Bruins – The Bruins need to continue with their strong penalty killing, but they need to also play much better at 5 on 5 as they are being dominated by the Blackhawks at even strength.


Blackhawks – The Blackhawks need to start this period strong and make the most of this powerplay that they get to start the period with. Also the Blackhawks need to do a better job of penalty killing if they hope to win this game. Discipline is key.


Third Period:

Blackhawks Penalty – 1:03 – Patrick Kane 2 minutes for High Sticking

Blackhawks Penalty – 1:42 – Artem Anisimov 2 minutes for Tripping

Blackhawks Penalty – 4:56 – Gustav Forsling 2 minutes for Tripping

Bruins Goal – 10:20 – Sean Kuraly (4) from Chris Wagner (3) and Matt Grzelcyk (10)

Bruins ENG – 19:27 – Brad Marchand (13) from David Krejci (24)


End of 3rd РBOS Р4         CHI Р2

Shots              36                   38

Faceoffs        29                    37

Hits               30                     25

PP                 2/5                    0/4



This¬† was a closer game than it should have been due to Chicago’s lack of discipline this period, but both goaltenders were spectacular. However, it would be the Bruins play overwhelming the Blackhawks to secure the victory.


Next Up:

Boston (22-14-4 48pts) v. Calgary (24-12-4 52pts)

Chicago (15-21-6 36pts) @ NY Islanders (21-13-4 46pts)

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