BOSTON – The Boston Bruins found different ways to win during their perfect homestand.
Brian Gionta and Rick Nash scored power-play goals a little more than a minute apart, and the Bruins beat the Blackhawks, 7-4, on Saturday to finish their homestand at 6-0. The goals came during a major penalty on the Hawks’ Patrick Kane.
Coming off a 3-2 victory against Philadelphia, the Bruins scored four power-play goals and one short-handed. They also won games by scores of 2-1, 8-4 and 6-5 during the streak.
Jake DeBrusk set up two power-play goals by David Krejci. David Pastrnak scored, Noel Acciari had a shorthanded tally and Sean Kuraly added an empty-netter for Boston.
“We’re comfortable in all sorts of games and obviously when things need to be tightened up, we do that as well,” said Gionta, who played just his fifth game since signing with the Bruins. “It shows our adaptability.”
Tuukka Rask made 23 saves on his 31st birthday.
Erik Gustafsson had a goal and two assists, and Jonathan Toews, John Hayden and Matthew Highmore scored for the Hawks, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
“For 40 minutes we were decent. Their power play was excellent in the third,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Highmore’s goal was his first in the NHL. It was a bright spot for a team well outside the playoff picture.
“It was good to see Highmore get his first goal,” Gustafsson said.
Hawks forward Anthony Duclair had to be helped off the ice, favoring his right leg, after a center-ice collision with Brad Marchand in the first period. He did not return.
The Bruins’ winger was called for interference on the play. “I think it was a dirty play,” Gustafsson said. ... Quenneville coached his 1,608th game, moving him past Al Arbour for second most on the NHL’s all-time list.