BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins weren't content with a one-goal lead, not against the team that erased that same deficit to win the Stanley Cup in their building.
So they scored two goals in a 13-second span early in the third period and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday night, nine months after their late collapse in Game 6 of last year's finals.
"Chicago's an easy team to get up for, especially with what happened last year," Boston forward Chris Kelly said.
The Blackhawks clinched their second title in four years with a 3-2 victory when Brian Bickell tied it with 1:16 to play and Dave Bolland scored the winner with 59 seconds left last June 24.
"Coming back brought some memories," Chicago forward Patrick Sharp said after his first game at TD Garden since he and his teammates skated there with the Stanley Cup. "We're happy with what we accomplished, but that's in the past and we're ready to try and do it again."
But the NHL's highest scoring team couldn't do much against the hottest, stingiest club in the league as Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots in posting his NHL-leading seventh shutout.
"You always feel better about yourself when you play good against good teams like that," he said. "I don't think they got too many chances."
So the Blackhawks, in fourth place in the Western Conference, must wait to pick up the one point they need to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.
"We're not looking too far ahead," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We're looking to get one more win ... and go from there."
Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and Carl Soderberg had one as the Bruins rebounded from a shootout loss to Montreal on Monday that ended their 12-game winning streak.
In their last 14 games, the Bruins have outscored opponents 51-19. They lead second-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference by nine points with nine games to play for each.
"You never want to play on your heels," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "When you've got a one-goal lead, you want to extend it before you even think of protecting the lead."
They couldn't do that the last time they played Chicago in Boston. But these Bruins have allowed the fewest goals in the NHL and won their 50th game for just the third time in 31 seasons.