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Four games into the season, it appeared the Bruins were still drunk from celebrating their Stanley Cup win as they stumbled to a 1-3 record.
Seven minutes into the third period of their fifth game, in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Saturday night, it appeared the B’s were on their way to another loss. That is…until Nathan Horton stepped in.
Horton scored his first goal since suffering that severe concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, equalizing the game at 2 and eventually sending it to overtime.
After a scoreless OT, the Bruins got the best of the Blackhawks in the shootout, winning 3-2. Tyler Seguin scored on his chance, and the Hawks missed on all three of theirs. In fact, B’s goalie Tim Thomas had not allowed a goal since early in the second period, finishing with 27 saves (and three more in the shootout) pick up his second win of the season.
“We needed it bad,” Thomas said. “There’s a big difference between 2-3 and 1-4.
The Blackhawks drew first blood, with Bryan Bickell scoring with less than five minutes to go in the first period.
Chris Kelly made it a 1-1 game 1:33 into the second, but Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the year to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later.
Seguin picked up his fourth assist of the year on Horton’s third period goal.
Next up for the Bruins is a re-match with the Hurricanes at home on Tuesday. The ‘Canes beat Boston 3-2 on Wednesday night.