Bruins Wrap: Anton Khudobin Comes Up Big In B’s 3-2 Win Vs. Blackhawks

Joshua Schrock

The Boston Bruins continued their recent success in their final road game of the NHL regular season.

The B’s scored two first-period goals and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin was huge for the B’s as he stopped 41 of 43 shots that were sent his way.

With the victory, the Bruins extended their winning streak to five games and jumped into second place in the Atlantic Division with three games to play in the regular season.

The Bruins improve to 43-30-6 with the win, while the Blackhawks fall to 50-22-7.

Here’s how it all went down.

The B’s had a couple of looks at the net early and finally put one home. Ryan Spooner redirected a Zdeno Chara wrist shot at the 6:34 mark of the first period to get the B’s on the board. It was Spooner’s 12th tally of the season.

The Bruins and Blackhawks each had a man in the box during the final minutes of the first period. But after Chara exited the box, the B’s took advantage of their power-play opportunity. Brad Marchand took the puck into the offensive zone and slid it back to Patrice Bergeron, who smoked a rocket past ‘Hawks goalie Corey Crawford to give the Bruins a two-goal lead after one period.

The goal was Bergeron’s 21st of the season.

Khudobin made multiple fantastic saves during the first two periods, but Chicago finally found the back of the net at the 18:12 mark in the second period. Brent Seabrook sent the puck toward the net but it went wide and ricocheted off of Richard Panik. Unfortunately for the B’s, the puck found Atremi Panarin, who potted his 29th goal of the season to trim the Bruins’ lead to one.

Kevan Miller scored to stretch the Bruins’ lead back to two goals at the 9:15 mark in the third period. But the Blackhawks didn’t wait long to answer. Twenty-five seconds after Miller’s goal, Jordin Tootoo poked one past Khoudobin to cut the lead back to one.

Khudobin made multiple saves down the stretch to seal the victory for the Bruins.

The Bruins will take the ice again Tuesday when they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports Images

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