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The Chicago Blackhawks suffered a 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden. Boston, the best team in the NHL, thoroughly dominated a rebuilding Hawks squad in puck possession and on the scoreboard. Here's how it all played out.

First Period: Bruins Jump in Front

Blackhawks' forward Taylor Raddysh took an early tripping penalty and the Bruins made him pay. With just four seconds left on Boston's power play, Brad Marchand fired a cross-ice pass to David Pastrnak, who guided the puck into the net.

That was all the scoring in the opening frame, but the Bruins certainly could have had a multi-goal advantage. They outshot the Blackhawks 15-3 and held a 23-6 advantage in scoring chances.

Second Period: Blackhawks Only Highlight, More Lowlights

The Bruins doubled their lead 4:28 into the second period when Patrice Bergeron buried a one-timer off the feed from Charlie McAvoy.

Chicago got one back when Brandon Carlo was in the box for a tripping infraction. On Max Domi's shot from the point, Jonathan Toews got a piece of the puck and redirected it past Jeremy Swayman. The tally was Toews' eighth of the season and fourth on the power play.

But the Bruins responded with a pair of goals late in the frame. Back on the power play, Jake DeBrusk parked in front of the net for an easy redirect past Petr Mrazek off a centering feed from Brad Marchand.

With under a minute left in the period, David Krejci skated into the right circle uncovered and rifled a one-timer past Mrazek to make it 4-1 Bruins.

Third Period: Blowout

The rout continued in the final frame. At the 11:12 mark, David Pastrnak scored his second goal of the night thanks to an easy feed from Nick Foligno on a 2-on-1 rush.

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With just over two minutes left, Taylor Hall got in on Boston's scoring party with a shot from a point. Petr Mrazek didn't have a chance as he was heavily screened.

It was an ugly 6-1 loss for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three in a row and nine of their last 11 games.

Blackhawks Takeaways

This game unfolded exactly as one would expect. The Bruins showed precisely why they own the top spot in the NHL standings by dismantling a lowly Blackhawks squad that currently looks more like the Rockford IceHogs. Boston dominated Chicago in shots on goal (43-18), scoring chances (46-17), and high-danger chances (17-4).

The Blackhawks wore their Reverse Retro jerseys for the first time this season. They will wear the 1938-inspired threads on four more occasions over the next few months, all of which will be home games.

Ian Mitchell made his delayed Blackhawks season debut after a wrist injury and a tune-up stint at the AHL level. He was a -2 with one block in 16:25 of ice time.

Petr Mrazek's final numbers don't reflect how well he played in this game. He was under duress all night and stopped 37 of the 43 shots he saw. Had Mrazek been completely off his game, Boston very well could have scored in double-digits.

What's On Tap Next?

The Chicago Blackhawks return home Sunday to host the Pittsburgh Penguins. Excitement is prevalent around Chicago as the Blackhawks will retire Marian Hossa's No. 81 jersey prior to the game. The ceremony is at 4:30 PM CT with puck drop to follow at 6 PM. All of the festivities will air on NBC Sports Chicago.

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