CHICAGO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Boston took a 4-0 lead into the third period Friday night, and withstood a strong challenge to beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3.
Patrice Bergeron scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period; Marc Savard had a goal and an assist; P.J. Axelsson had two assists; and Tim Thomas made 37 saves on 40 shots for the Bruins, who have won four of their last five games.
Boston grabbed its early advantage despite being out-shot, 10-7, in the first period.
James Wisniewski had a goal and an assist; Bryan Smolinski and Denis Arkhipov each scored once; while Nikolai Khabibulin and Brian Boucher combined to give up five goals on only 21 shots for the Blackhawks, who have dropped two of their last three games.
On the power play, Boston went, 2-for-8; and Chicago failed to score on its five chances.