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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Boston

(Thursday, October 25th)

Final Score: Boston 3, Chicago 1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Phil Kessel scored a pair of goals in the second period to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Banknorth Garden.

Tim Thomas made 26 saves while Glen Metropolit also scored for the Bruins, who have five wins in their last six games.

Nikolai Khabibulin allowed all three goals on 18 shots and Jonathan Toews tallied the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost two straight.

After a scoreless opening period, Boston grabbed the lead 2:08 into the second. From the right circle, Kessel unleashed a wrister that beat a screened Khabibulin on the near side.

A power-play goal by Toews at 5:13 of the second evened the score at 1-1. The tally was Toews' fourth of the season.

Kessel's second goal of the game put the Bruins back in front at 14:09 of the second. Andrew Ference moved the puck up to Kessel, who darted in on net up the right wing and lifted a wrister past Thomas.

Boston took a two-goal lead at 7:08 of the third on Metropolit's first of the season. P.J. Axelsson skated into Chicago's zone up the middle and slid a pass to the left to Metropolit, who lifted the puck just under the crossbar.

With a little over a minute left in the game, Khabibulin was pulled in favor of an extra attacker but the Blackhawks could not get the puck past Thomas, who ended the third period with eight saves.

Game Notes

The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power play while Chicago did not score in five chances with the man advantage...Kessel has five goals this season...Chicago forward David Koci left the game in the first period after having his nose rebroken in a fight with Zdeno Chara. He did not return for the remainder of the contest...Attendance was 10,290.

10/25 21:51:08 ET

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