Bruins victorious in the NHL Winter Classic 

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Notre Dame Stadium was the venue for the NHL’s 11th installment of the Winter Classic.  A Record crowd of over 76,000 were in attendance for a very exciting and entertaining game between the Bruins and Blackhawks.

Bruins fall behind but bounce back to tie game at 1-1 after first period. 

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David Pastrnak scored his 24th goal of the season on Boston’s first power play of the game at 12:38 of the opening period to tie the game at 1-1.  Chicago got on the board first when Brendan Perlini found the back of the net to open the scoring for the Blackhawks.  Both teams had numerous chances in the opening period but both goaltenders were solid to keep the game even.

Bruins battle back once again in second period to even score at 2-2.

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Chicago took the lead when Dominik Kahun tipped a beautiful shot in the slot to put the Blackhawks up 2-1.  With three minutes left in the second period the Bruins were awarded another power play.  Patrice Bergeron put on a clinic of showing how to play at both ends of the ice.  Chicago had a shorthanded bid that could of put them up 3-1.  Instead, Bergeron raced back to break up the scoring attempt.  On the same shift, as the Bruins battled back up ice, he pounced on a rebound in the slot and buried a backhander to tie the game at 2-2 going into the final period.

Kuraly wins it as Boston takes over in final period.

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Sean Kuraly broke the tie 11:20 into the third period.  Matt Grzelcyk’s point shot was blocked in front of the net, but Kuraly with a backhand swat put the Bruins ahead for good with his fourth goal of the season.  Brad Marchand finished out the scoring with an empty netter to make it 4-2.

Tuukka Rask was solid and kept the Bruins in the game with some timely saves.

The Bruins climbed to 22-14-4 with the win, while the Blackhawks fell to 15-21-6.

The Bruins now are 2-1-0 in Winter Classics.

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