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Down went the Bruins Thursday night, and in the process, down went yet another Bruin to injury. Within the first minute of the 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, center Marc Savard left the ice with an apparent leg injury. Savard got tangled with Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and went legs first into the boards. Savard will be evaluated Friday morning, but fans should not be surprised if the B’s are missing No. 91 come Saturday afternoon when the B’s host the Rangers.
Soon after Savard’s opening minute tumble, the Bruins got out to an early 2-0 lead over the league’s best team, on the heels of goals from a red hot Blake Wheeler and the first goal of the season for new Bruin Miroslav Satan. Chicago came back to tie the game by the time the first period ticked away, with a pair of goals from Duncan Keith and Tomas Kopecky knot the game at two.
From there, it was all Chicago, all the time. The Blackhawks earned their first lead of the night when Andrew Ladd put a rebound past Tim Thomas for a 3-2 lead. Later in the period, Duncan Keith added his second goal of the night to give Chicago a two-goal advantage and gave Thomas an early night to the showers.
Tuukka Rask went the rest of the way saving 11 of the 12 shots he faced. He let in a late Patrick Kane wrister in the final minutes, leading to the 5-2 final score.
The win marked Chicago’s fifth in a row, and the first win in regulation over Boston since 2003. For the B’s, they head into Saturday’s matchup with New York potentially very shorthanded. With Marc Savard possibly added to the list of bruised Bruins, a list that just added defenseman Andrew Ference, forward Patrice Bergeron, and on Thursday, Byron Bitz, reinforcements from Providence will likely be heading north on I-95 for the weekend.
On the bright side, Thursday did mark the long awaited return of winger Milan Lucic. Lucic, who is coming back from a high ankle sprain, spent 16:31 on the ice, finishing the game with a -2 rating.