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Boston,  MA  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Patrice Bergeron  scored  two  goals  and 
the  Boston  Bruins blanked  Chicago, 3-0,  in the Blackhawks' first visit to 
TD Garden since winning the Stanley Cup last June. 

Tuukka Rask  made  28 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout of the season, 
as the Bruins improved  to 13-0-1 in  their last 14  games. 

"You  never want to play on your heels," Boston head 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." 

Corey  Crawford stopped 20 shots for the Blackhawks, who were shut out for the 
second time in three games. 

Chicago  is one  point  away from  clinching  a playoff  berth  for the  sixth 
straight year. 

"We're  looking  to get one more  win," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville 
said. 

Bergeron  went  to the slot  and redirected  Matt Bartkowski's point shot past 
Crawford, extending his goal streak to five games and giving Boston a 1-0 lead 
at 11:50 of the first period. 

Carl  Soderberg  and Bergeron scored  13 seconds apart  in the third period to 
provide the Bruins with some breathing room. 

Johnny  Boychuk  kept a  puck whipped off  the boards by  Brandon Bollig in at 
the  right point  and  fired a  shot that  didn't  reach Crawford. Blackhawk
defenseman  Nick Leddy swept  the puck to the stick of Soderberg and he scored 
from the bottom of the right circle at 5:28. 

The  Bruins  struck again after Crawford  turned the puck over behind his net. 
Brad  Marchand stole the goaltender's pass and quickly fed Bergeron, who fired 
a shot from near the bottom of the left circle. 

Caught  out of  position, Crawford  tried to  dislodge the  net. The  net fell 
forward,  but remained on  its moorings when the puck crossed the goal line at 
5:41. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Bruins  reached the  50-win mark for  the ninth time  in team history ... 
Bergeron  extended his point  streak to six games (6 goals, 2 assists) ... The 
Blackhawks  were 0-for-2 on the power play and have now gone 0-for-20 with the 
man advantage in their last seven road games ... Chicago forward Bryan Bickell 
missed a fourth straight game with an upper-body injury. 

 
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