BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Third

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Third
March 30, 2011, 2:01 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Blackhawks by a 3-0 score at TD Garden after a fast-paced first 60 minutes against a fatigued Chicago bunch.1)Ten goals in 18 games and 24 on the season for Nathan Horton, who showed confidence and goal-scoring skill on that third period strike that iced the game for the Bruins. Horton is definitely playing in playoff mode with three weeks to go until the postseason. 2)Shawn Thornton never returned for the Bruins. Well have an update after the game, but that was a nasty looking gash that he took above his right eye from the skate blade of Fernando Pisani.3)Tim Thomas is now 4-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA in his last four games against the Devils, Canadiens, Flyers and Blackhawks. That is just plain getting it done. Wasnt heavily tested, but make a couple of timely saves against Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews on rebounds with traffic in front of the net.4)Patrice Bergeron should send a tape of tonights game to all of the writers voting for the Selke Award because he completely outplayed Jonathan Toews another favorite for the trophy given to the best defensive forward.5)Three shots on net and an assist for Milan Lucic, though he was showing a little frustration when he couldnt pop in a Zdeno Chara rebound that dropped between his skates in front of the net. A good step in the right direction, though he still has a little ways to get back to his full power forward game.