Blackhawks' first trip back to Boston since Stanley Cup win

Blackhawks' first trip back to Boston since Stanley Cup win
March 27, 2014, 8:00 am
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Nina Falcone

The Blackhawks are returning to Boston tonight for the first time since their Stanley Cup victory. Catch all the action at 6:00 on Comcast SportsNet.

This is one pregame story that doesn't need much of an introduction; we all know what happened the last time the Blackhawks were in Boston.

Tonight the defending champions will return to TD Garden for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup. But this evening's game will be about putting the emotions from last season behind and focusing on getting two points against the Eastern Conference's leading team.

"I'm really excited, I know the boys are too," Andrew Shaw said following the Blackhawks' 4-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday. "There are a lot of great memories there, so we have to kind of focus going into the night and bear down and do what we did last time there in June."

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Though this is the Blackhawks' first return to Boston, it's not their first time facing the Bruins this season. Both teams met back on Jan 19 inside the United Center in a game that resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory for Chicago.

The Blackhawks will have a tough task ahead of them tonight, facing a Bruins team that recently went on a 12-game winning streak before falling to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout on Monday night. 

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp (30G, 41A), Patrick Kane (29G, 40A), Jonathan Toews (28G, 39A), Duncan Keith (6G, 51A), Marian Hossa (26G, 29A)

Bruins: David Krejci (16G, 44A), Jarome Iginla (28G, 30A), Milan Lucic (21G, 32A), Patrice Bergeron (23G, 28A), Reilly Smith (19G, 28A)

Goaltender matchup

Although both teams have yet to announce their starting goaltender, expect Corey Crawford to be in for the Blackhawks and Tuukka Rask in for the Bruins.

Rask has recorded a .930 save percentage and 2.05 goals-against average in 52 games played this season.

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