CHICAGO – Patrick Kane sped toward the net, and then shuffled his skates for a few precious seconds.
Then came a well-placed wrist shot, and the Chicago Blackhawks had another big victory.
Something about the Boston Bruins brings out the best in Kane and Co.
Kane scored in a shootout to lift Chicago to a 3-2 win over Boston on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup finals, capping an impressive weekend for the Blackhawks that also included a victory over NHL-leading Anaheim.
“Two big games against two great teams,” Kane said. “I can’t say we were going as well as we wanted to before these two games.”
Jonathan Toews beat Tuukka Rask on the stick side to give the Blackhawks the lead in the tiebreaker, but Brad Marchand’s quick wrist shot got by Corey Crawford, tying it up for the Bruins.
Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year as playoff MVP, then skated toward the goal, slowed up for a second and sent a shot past Rask on the stick side to give Chicago the win. The Blackhawks had lost their previous seven games that had gone past regulation.
“It was a great test, and nice to finally get a shootout win, too,” coach Joel Quenneville said.
Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig had the regulation goals for Chicago, which beat Boston in six games in June for the title. Quenneville picked up win No. 692, matching Dick Irvin Sr. for third on the NHL’s career list.
Marchand scored in each of the first two periods for the Bruins, who had won two of three. Rask had 35 stops.
“It’s always nice to get a couple, but I wasn’t really worried about trying to redeem myself from the finals or anything like that,” said Marchand, who was shut out in the playoff series against the Blackhawks. “It was just a big game for our team and we need these points right now.”
Lightning 5, Hurricanes 3
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Mark Barberio scored his first two career goals as Tampa Bay moved into a share of first place in the Atlantic Division.
Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists, and he and Barberio scored 1:23 apart during the Lightning’s three-goal first period that also included a goal from Nikita Kucherov.
Rangers 4, Capitals 1
In New York, Rick Nash scored two of the Rangers’ three first-period goals as goalie Henrik Lundqvist won for the fifth time in six outings.
The Rangers’ offense broke out for the second straight day, following a 1-0 win over Detroit on Thursday, and recorded four goals for the third time in five games.