The rampaging Bruins have taken control of the East and
vaulted into contention for the Presidents' Trophy on the heels
of a 12-game winning streak that was finally halted in a 2-1
home shootout loss to Montreal on Monday. Boston has not fallen
in regulation since a 4-2 setback to Washington on March 1 and
holds a seven-point lead over Pittsburgh for the top seed in the
conference. The Bruins have limited nine consecutive opponents
and 11 of their last 13 to two goals or fewer.
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ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (42-16-15): Teuvo Teravainen made his
much-ballyhooed NHL debut in Tuesday's win over Dallas, and
while the 19-year-old Finn did not register a point, he made a
favorable impression on his coach and teammates. The 18th
overall pick of the 2012 draft logged 11 1/2 minutes of ice time
and won all seven of his faceoffs, which was termed a "good
start" by coach Joel Quenneville. "He comes in at the end of the
season to a very good team, people put a lot of expectations on
him, unfair expectations, but he came in here and played really
good," forward Kris Versteeg said.
ABOUT THE BRUINS (49-17-6): Defenseman Adam McQuaid was shut
down for two to three weeks in early March but has yet to return
from a strained quadriceps that has sidelined him since Jan. 19.
Boston has received a boost from rookie Kevan Miller, who has
become a regular — if unexpected — contributor since he was
called up from the minors in mid-November, posting a plus-17 in
39 games. "He makes smart plays, nothing is fancy, but
everything is efficient," coach Claude Julien said. "He wins I'd
say 90 percent of his battles along the way. He's such a strong
individual, and that's what our team is built around.”
The schedule down the stretch does not favor Chicago, which
plays six of its final nine games away from home.
Bruins C Patrice Bergeron has scored a goal in four straight
and is riding a five-game point streak.
The Blackhawks are 33-1-7 when scoring first this season.
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2
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