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David Pastrnak helps Bruins to Winter Classic victory

| Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, 8:11 p.m.
The Bruins’ Sean Kuraly scores past the Blackhawks’ Gustav Forsling (center) and goalie Cam Ward in the third period of the Winter Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
The Bruins’ Sean Kuraly scores past the Blackhawks’ Gustav Forsling (center) and goalie Cam Ward in the third period of the Winter Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — David Pastrnak delivered once again. Patrice Bergeron showed off his all-around game, and Tuukka Rask made a couple of big stops.

Oh, and those suits, too.

It was stylish start to the new year for the Boston Bruins.

Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Rask made 36 saves and the Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, on Tuesday in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame.

“You want to win those games when you’re on the big stage like that,” Bergeron said. “I know it’s a regular-season game, but still you know the meaning’s different when you’re playing in front of 76,000 people and on national TV. So we know what’s at stake with those games, and we want to make the most of it.”

They certainly dressed for the occasion. Bergeron and company wore tailored suits, vests and hats to the game in a nod to their surroundings and “Peaky Blinders,” a TV show about a gang in England right after World War I. Rask also had Notre Dame’s iconic “Play Like A Champion Today” sign painted on the back of his helmet.

“I think these are the experiences that once you are done with the hockey career you can look back and like be happy that you were a part of and kind of cherish those moments,” Rask said.

Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand also scored as Boston won for the second time in three appearances in the NHL’s annual outdoor game on New Year’s Day. The Bruins went 2 for 5 with the man advantage and killed off each of the Blackhawks’ four power plays.

The game was tied at 2 when Boston (22-14-4) caught a break in the third period — a little luck at the home of the Fighting Irish. Matt Grzelcyk’s big slap shot went off teammate Chris Wagner in front, but Kuraly beat Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling to the rebound and backhanded the puck past Cam Ward at 10:20.

“Big goal,” coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Backed by most of the sellout crowd of 76,126 in perfect conditions for outdoor hockey — the game-time temperature was 35.5 degrees, and a gray, overcast sky took the sun out of the equation — Chicago pushed hard for the tying score in the closing minutes but came up empty.

Jonathan Toews sent a shot off the post after the Blackhawks pulled Ward for an extra attacker with about 1:30 left. Marchand then added an empty-netter for his 13th of the season.

“We had a little lull there in the third and ended up going down,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “It’s hard when we were chasing them from then on. Disappointing that we did enough and probably deserved more.”

Chicago (15-21-6) had won five of six, but it remained winless in an NHL-high fourth appearance in the Winter Classic. It also dropped to 1-5 in six outdoor games — also tops in the league.

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