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3 Takeaways From Bruins’ Dominating 6-1 Win Over Blackhawks

3 Takeaways From Bruins' Dominating 6-1 Win Over Blackhawks

When the NHL released the 2022-23 schedule, one thing that stuck out for the Boston Bruins was a front-loaded home schedule with 11 of their first 18 games at TD Garden. Considering the injuries that they were dealing with and questions surrounding the team with a new coach, they were hoping to take advantage of the home-heavy schedule, but not many people saw a historic start on home ice coming.

The Bruins’ 6-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night (Nov. 19) improved the Black and Gold to 11-0-0 at home and tied the 1963-64 Blackhawks and the 2021-22 Florida Panthers as the only teams to begin the season with 11 straight victories at home. It was a dominating performance from Boston, to say the least. Here are three takeaways from the 16th win of the season for the Bruins and their sixth straight overall.

Bruins Set the Tone With Dominant First Period

Despite their strong start to the season, the first periods have not been too kind to the Bruins recently. Against the Blackhawks, Boston set the tone with one of their strongest first 20 minutes in a game this season.

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The Bruins outshot Chicago 15-3, out-chanced the Blackhawks 10-0, scored on the power play, and kept the pressure on Chicago goalie Petr Mrazek the entire opening period. They opened the scoring on a power play goal from David Pastrnak with two seconds left on the man advantage. Brad Marchand made a cross-ice pass to Pastrnak who was able to beat Mrazek going side-to-side. 

The domination did stop following the opening period. In the second period, the Bruins outshot the Blackhawks, 15-6. They finished the game with a 43-18 advantage in shots on the net as that stat alone tells you how dominant they were in 60 minutes against their Original Six opponent.

Swayman Returns With Strong Outing

For the first time in 18 days, Jeremy Swayman was back in the net for the Bruins following the lower-body injury he suffered on Nov. 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Linus Ullmark and Keith Kinkaid held down the fort until Swayman was cleared to return. If there was a perfect return for Swayman back into the flow of a game, Saturday night was it for coach Jim Montgomery.

Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins
Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Swayman stopped 17 of the 18 shots fired at him by Chicago and got more and more confidence as the game went along. The only shot to get by him was by Jonathan Toews when he redirected a Max Domi…

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