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Blackhawks host Bruins in Cup rematch

(SportsNetwork.com) - A rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Finals is on tap Sunday in the Windy City, as the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in a matinee showdown at United Center.

Chicago ousted the Bruins in six games last spring to win its second Stanley Cup title in four seasons. Boston had a chance to push the series to seven games, but blew a 2-1 lead in the final 1:14 of regulation in Game 6 at TD Garden to allow the Blackhawks to clinch the title with a 3-2 win.

Today's tilt is the first encounter between the clubs since Chicago's thrilling comeback win in Beantown. Both teams enter the contest leading their respective divisions, with Boston one point ahead of Tampa Bay for first in the Atlantic and Chicago four ahead of St. Louis atop the Central.

Although the Bruins, who won a recent Cup of their own in 2011, came up short in last season's championship battle, the club has gotten the better of Chicago in the recent regular-season meetings. The Bruins have claimed three of their past four games in the Windy City and also have taken two straight and six of the last eight encounters overall.

This afternoon's matchup is the first regular-season meeting between these clubs since Boston recorded a 3-2 shootout win at the United Center on Oct. 15, 2011.

The Blackhawks will try to post consecutive victories for the first time since the calendar flipped to 2014 when they take the ice today at United Center.

Chicago last won back-to-back outings by beating New Jersey and Colorado on Dec. 23 and 27, respectively, but the defending Stanley Cup champions have been unable to string together two wins since then, going 4-1-5 over the last 10 games.

The Blackhawks have won two of their last three games and are coming off Friday's impressive win over the Anaheim Ducks, who had won eight straight and 18 of 19 games before dropping a 4-2 decision in the Windy City.

Marian Hossa scored a pair of goals, including a key empty-net score in the final eight seconds, as Chicago cooled off the visiting Ducks. Hossa also scored short-handed midway through the opening period and Kris Versteeg followed with a goal in the first to stake the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead at the end of 20 minutes.

Bryan Bickell made it a 3-0 game with 9:47 left in the third, but Ryan Getzlaf scored with 6:13 remaining for the Ducks and Kyle Palmieri made it a one-goal game just 53 seconds later.

Anaheim went with an extra skater twice over the final minute-plus of regulation, but were unable to get the equalizer before Hossa put the crucial insurance goal into the empty cage.

"I thought we had a great start and we played the way we wanted to play," said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville.

Corey Crawford made 19 saves, winning for the first time since Nov. 29. Crawford, who missed nearly a month of action with a lower body injury before returning to the ice on Jan. 2, was 0-3-4 in his previous eight outings.

Chicago is capping a four-game homestand today and is 17-3-7 as the host this season.

Boston also enters Sunday having won two of its last three games and the club is coming off Thursday's 4-2 victory in Dallas. It was only the second win in the past five outings for the Bruins.

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic each posted a goal and an assist to lead the way in Thursday's win. Brad Marchand also scored while Chad Johnson made 32 saves for the Bruins.

"Our whole game had collapsed, but our game was good all-around tonight," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "Much better compete level from everyone."

Tuukka Rask expects to get the start in net today for the Bruins, as he takes on Crawford in a duel between the No. 1 goalies from last spring's Cup battle.

Boston has won two straight on the road to improve its away record this season to 12-10-0.

01/19 10:38:20 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR