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The Bruins were on a slide, and they were facing a strong team from the Western Conference in the Chicago Blackhawks. The B’s rarely faced adversity before the rough stretch, so getting out of it will be a good learning experience for the young team.
Did I say young? The team’s most-experienced player, 41-year-old Mark Recchi, pulled the Bruins out of the slump with two goals in a 5-3 win over the Blackhawks.
“We played a team that’s one of the better ones in the Western Conference,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “This is probably what we needed this kind of challenge.”
Recchi scored his first goal with the Bruins at 10:19 of the first period to start the scoring, and scored his second goal with less than four minutes left in the second period to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
Sandwiched in between the Recchi goals was a Jonathan Toews goal to tie it up, and David Krecji’s 21st goal to give the B’s the lead.
Phil Kessel scored his 27th goal to make it 4-1 in the third, but the Blackhawks stormed back with a goal at 10:26 from Kris Versteeg and 14:34 from Patrick Kane.
P.J. Axelsson knocked in the empty-netter with less than a minute to go to put the game away.
Tim Thomas faced 35 shots and finished with 32 saves in a pretty solid effort.
The Bruins next play Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.