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January 20, 2014

Bruins fall to Blackhawks in Cup rematch

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“It was just a big game for our team and we need these points right now.”

It was Boston’s first visit to Chicago since June 22, when the Blackhawks used two goals by Kane to win 3-1 and take a 3-2 lead in the NHL finals. The Blackhawks then had a memorable rally in Game 6 in Boston, scoring twice in 17 seconds late in the third to secure their second title in four seasons.

The series included five overtime periods, including three in Chicago’s 4-3 victory in Game 1.

Together again for the anticipated rematch, the Bruins and Blackhawks once again were unable to decide the game in three periods. Defenseman Gregory Campbell had a chance to win it for Boston in overtime, but whiffed on a deflected puck.

“We had some chances you wish we would have buried, but it just continues to be the same as it was last year,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “You need overtime to resolve these games against us.”

Chicago controlled much of the first and had a 1-0 lead before Marchand made the most of two open opportunities in a 69-second span overlapping the first two periods.

First, Marchand got a slick pass from Patrice Bergeron and sent a wrist shot over Crawford’s right shoulder at 19:41 of the first. The Blackhawks lost the sneaky forward again at the start of the second, and he used a clever fake to set up a shot through Crawford’s legs for his 14th goal.

It was Marchand’s second multigoal game of the season. He has four goals and an assist in his past three games.

Boston’s 2-1 lead lasted about 10 minutes. The Blackhawks caught a break when Bollig’s bad-angle shot from the right side went off Rask’s left foot and into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

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