Bruins miss their opportunity

12 March 2018 14:15:13 EST

The Boston Bruins could not complete their sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks as they fell 3-1 in the back end of the back-to-back, home and home series between the two sides.

Fresh from their 7-4 triumph over the Blackhawks at the TD Garden on Saturday, the Bruins fell to goals from Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook at the United Center. The result leaves Boston, 4999/1 to win the Stanley Cup, six points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (4999/1) in the Atlantic Division standings with two games in hand.

It continues to seem more and more likely that the Bruins will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the postseason.

On Tuesday Boston will play the second contest of their four-game road swing when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. It's then on to face the Florida Panthers in Sunrise before concluding the trip against the Lightning in Tampa.

The Lightning got the better of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday to remain undefeated in the month of March and Tampa Bay will take on the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday before they host the Bruins over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Panthers remain in the mix for a Wild Card in the Eastern Conference behind the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Certainly the latter two could make a run at an automatic playoff place in the Metropolitan Division, but for now the Lightning, Bruins and Maple Leafs in the Atlantic and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers in the Metropolitan look good to claim the top three spots in each Division.

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