WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first question for Tim Thomas at the Marriott Marquis was as basic as it gets. The former Bruin and one-time greatest goaltender on the planet was asked what the honor of being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame meant to him.

Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway 54 seconds into overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks overcame blowing a three-goal lead in the third period to beat the host Bruins 4-3 Thursday, ending Boston's eight-game winning streak.

All signs point to Anders Bjork having earned a permanent spot with the Bruins, putting his Providence days behind him. Wisely, Bjork not only doesn’t read those signs, he doesn’t acknowledge their existence. Complacency won’t claim this young talent’s hunger any time soon.

The Boston Bruins scored two first-period power-play goals against the league's top penalty-killing unit and never looked back, beating the visiting San Jose Sharks 5-1 Tuesday night.

Patrice Bergeron recorded a hat trick and Brad Marchand added two goals and three assists as the Boston Bruins won 7-4 in the New York Rangers' 2,000th regular-season NHL game at the current Madison Square Garden, which opened in 1968.

Anders Bjork made his season debut on Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs, and with David Krejci and Karson Kuhlman out and a stretch of three games in four days coming up, it seemed likely he’d be around for Saturday’s tilt with the Blues.

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