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Thursday, March 27th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (42-16-15) at Boston Bruins (49-17-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After having their longest winning streak in 43 years snapped, the Boston Bruins will try to rebound on Thursday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Boston was on its first 12-game winning streak since the 1970-71 season before losing a shootout decision Monday against the visiting Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins were two wins away from matching the longest run in team history set between Dec. 3, 1929 and Jan. 9, 1930.

The Bruins hope to return to the win column on Thursday against the team that beat them in six games for the Stanley Cup last season. It was the second championship for Chicago in four years after beating Philadelphia in the 2010 Cup Finals.

Chicago actually clinched its 2013 title at Boston's TD Garden on June 24, as Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored goals 17 second apart in the final 1:16 of play to deliver a 3-2 win for the Blackhawks in Game 6. Bolland was dealt to Toronto over the summer, while Bickell has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury and could miss tonight's battle.

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy for last season's playoffs, is also out for the rest of the regular season with an injured left leg.

The clubs met on Jan. 19 in Chicago and the Blackhawks recorded a 3-2 shootout win to post their third win in the last five regular-season encounters. Boston has won three of the past four matchups at TD Garden, not including last year's playoff meeting.

Boston, which already has clinched a playoff spot and is closing in on an Atlantic Division title, lost for the first time since March 1 on Monday. Alex Galchenyuk scored the only goal in a four-round shootout to lift the Canadiens to the 2-1 win.

The Bruins tied the game with 5:26 left in regulation on a goal from Patrice Bergeron. However, Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and David Krejci all failed to score in the shootout portion.

Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask made 21 saves -- stopping all 17 shots he faced between the second period and overtime.

"We played hard," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "You can't win 12 in a row, lose one in a shootout and say 'I'm really disappointed in my team.'"

The Bruins fell to 28-7-3 as the host this season after Monday's shootout loss. After closing a brief two-game homestand tonight, Boston will head out on a four-game road trip that is set to begin Sunday in Philadelphia.

Chicago has won three of its last four games and is 4-1-1 over its past six trips to the ice. The Blackhawks last played on Tuesday when they notched a 4-2 home win against the Dallas Stars.

Duncan Keith netted the deciding goal late in the second period and Marian Hossa added an empty-net insurance marker as Chicago topped the Stars at United Center.

Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, while Corey Crawford stopped 25-of-27 shots for the victorious hosts.

"It was a big win tonight," Keith said. "I thought we came out, had a pretty good start and we were able to get one on the power play which was nice to get us jump-started."

With 99 points, the Blackhawks are second in the Central Division and close to officially wrapping up a playoff spot. Chicago is six points behind first- place St. Louis in the division and three points ahead of Colorado. Both teams also are in action tonight, with St. Louis hosting Minnesota and the Avalanche playing at home against Vancouver.

Thursday's tilt marks the start of a three-game road trip for the Blackhawks. Chicago is 18-9-8 on the road this season and has lost two straight and four of its last five away from the Windy City.

Six of Chicago's last nine games in the regular season will be played on the road.

03/27 10:48:44 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 54
MIL 54
 
1st
GSW 25
OKC 34
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
1st OT
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
2nd
USF 49
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
Half
UTST 20
CALST 18
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 1
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13