10 observations: The Bruins beat the Blackhawks to an 11th straight home win

The Blackhawks were defeated 6-1 by the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. The Bruins improved to 16-2-0 with a +38 goal difference this season and 11-0-0 at home with a +27 goal difference. Their 11-game home winning streak ties the 2021-22 Florida Panthers and the 1963-64 Blackhawks for the longest single-season home winning streak in NHL history. They are currently the best team in the league.

2. This was as one-sided a game as you will see in the NHL this season. The Bruins led in shot attempts (73-33), shots on goal (43-18), scoring chances (47-17), and dangerous chances (17-4) via natural stat trick. It doesn’t get any uglier than that.

3. The Blackhawks barely touched the puck in the first period. The Bruins had 28 shot attempts, 15 shots on goal and 15 chances on goal, and the Blackhawks only had three shots on goal. One of those three shots came from Connor Murphy from 177 feet and another was an accidental shot by Sam Lafferty trying to control a defender’s puck and goaltender Jeremy Swayman covered it up.

4. Poor Petr Mrazek was under fire all night. He was the reason the Blackhawks hung around for nearly two periods, so don’t let his stats fool you. Of the 43 shots he was subjected to, only 11 came from low-risk areas. That means the other 32 chances were of higher quality. Dominik Hasek could have stood between the whistle for the Blackhawks and the result probably wouldn’t have looked any different.

5. The Blackhawks went on the power play with five forwards in the second period and scored when Max Domi’s shot was deflected off the point by Jonathan Toews. An aggressive, bold move, but I liked it. They were 2-0 down and were dominated up to that point. Without Seth Jones, why not give it a try?

6. The Bruins have one of the deadliest power plays in the league and they showed why in this game. They scored two power play goals and each of them came at the end of the first and second halves which are killers. I actually thought the Blackhawks’ first penalty was pretty strong up until the final seconds when Boston scooped it up and it resulted in a David Pastrnak goal. The Blackhawks had previously annihilated 11 straight penalties in their last four games.

7. The only line not to circle Boston was the fourth line by Colin Blackwell, Reese Johnson and Jujhar Khaira. The three didn’t allow a single shot on goal in the first two periods as they stood together on the ice, giving up three in total.

8th. Called back after a four-point night at Rockford, Ian Mitchell made his season debut after missing all of training camp and the first month of the season with a left wrist injury. This was a brutal opponent for a season debut, and the Blackhawks were so dominated that it was difficult to assess an individual player’s performance. I’d love to see him against Pittsburgh again right away.

9. Caleb Jones was a healthy scratch, and this was a much-needed reset. He was asked to hang out with his older brother Seth. He handled the responsibilities fairly well in the first few weeks but things have escalated in the last few games and head coach Luke Richardson wanted to give him “a little break”.

10 Finally, the Blackhawks will retire Marian Hossa’s No. 81 on Sunday. Atrium doors open at 2:30 PM, United Center doors open at 3:30 PM and the Banner Ceremony begins promptly at 4:30 PM, so get there early. Should be a night to remember.

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