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Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Saturday, 02.14.2004 / 2:00 PM

Associated Press

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GAME: Boston Bruins (28-14-11-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (15-29-7-5).

TIME: Saturday, 3 p.m. EST.

Although their six-game winning streak was snapped, the Boston Bruins still earned a point in their last game.

Now, the Bruins will try to end a three-game winless slide at the United Center when they face the Chicago Blackhawks in the third game of their seven-game road trip.

Boston failed to post its longest winning streak in 11 years when it fell 3-2 in overtime to Ottawa on Thursday night.

However, defenseman Jiri Slegr's goal with 40.4 seconds left in regulation salvaged a point for Boston, which holds a one-point lead over the Senators for second place in the Northeast Division.

"Obviously, we're disappointed," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought we battled back and showed a lot of composure to get back in the game. Ottawa's a hard team to play against, especially when they have the lead."

The Bruins are 0-2-1 in their last three games in Chicago, last winning at the United Center on Feb. 21, 1999.

A major key to Boston's recent success has been its goaltending. Rookie Andrew Raycroft and veteran Felix Potvin are a combined 6-0-1-1 in the last eight games.

Potvin made several big saves and stopped 24 shots in Thursday's overtime defeat. Raycroft is 5-0 with a 1.39 goals-against average in his last five starts.

"Our goaltending tandem has given this team a chance to win every game," Sullivan said.

Glen Murray returned from a one-game absence Thursday and recorded an assist, giving him a point in each of his last nine games. Due to NHL rules, Murray's eight-game point streak is considered to have ended when he missed Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh because of the flu.

While the All-Star forward has 13 points over the last nine games, teammate Joe Thornton has been even hotter, with four goals and eight assists in his last five for the Bruins. The duo has powered Boston offensively as the Bruins have gone 14-4-3 since Jan. 1 to move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

"Whoever I'm passing it to is scoring right now," Thornton said. "They've got some hot sticks."

The Bruins wrap up their season-high seven-game road trip with visits to Toronto, Philadelphia and Carolina.

Despite having a Western Conference-low 42 points, the Blackhawks have won two straight and three of four.

Steve Sullivan, Alex Zhamnov and Bryan Berard each had a goal and an assist as Chicago won consecutive games for the first time since early November with a 5-2 win over Nashville on Wednesday night.

"We were really ready to play as a team tonight," Chicago coach Brian Sutter said. "We were solid as a group. Our penalty killing was good in the first period and our power play was sharp."

Chicago's usually weak power play went 2-for-5.

Craig Anderson had 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who have scored 18 goals in their last four games.

2003-2004 season series
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