BOSTON -- With little attention being paid to the home team, Boston still came away with the victory.
Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
While the Red Sox took on the Colorado Rockies at Fenway Park in Game 2 of the World Series and second-ranked Boston College played at Virginia Tech, the 17,565-seat Garden was less than half-filled for the only matchup this season between two of the NHL's original six franchises.
"You have to remember, I came from New Jersey so I am used to this," chuckled first-year Bruins coach Claude Julien.
"Once the Red Sox win the World Series, hopefully we will have enough wins behind us that those fans will want to come watch us."
Tim Thomas made 26 saves in improving to 4-1 this season. He entered the game with a league-leading 1.26 goals against average.
Boston has won five of six overall and has allowed two goals in three home games.
RANGERS 2, DEVILS 0, at New York -- Nigel Dawes needed less than a minute to break New York's scoring slump, and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for his second shutout in three games to help the Rangers snap a four-game losing streak.
BLUE JACKETS 3, BLUES 0, at Columbus, Ohio -- Rick Nash scored a goal in his fifth straight game on a shot between his legs, and Pascal Leclaire stopped 36 shots to lead Columbus to a victory.
KINGS 2, STARS 1, at Los Angeles -- Alexander Frolov scored the go-ahead goal and Jason LaBarbera made 29 saves for Los Angeles.
OILERS 5, WILD 4 (SO), at Edmonton, Alberta -- Ales Hemsky scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner to help Edmonton win.
COYOTES 1, DUCKS 0, at Anaheim -- Rookie Craig Weller scored his first NHL goal and Alex Auld had his third career shutout for Phoenix.
PREDATORS 3, THRASHERS 0, at Nashville, Tenn. -- Nashville's Dan Ellis stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout.
LIGHTNING 5, FLYERS 2, at Tampa, Fla. -- Brad Richards had two goals and Vinny Prospal scored his eighth goal of the season to lead Tampa Bay.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, PENGUINS 2, at Pittsburgh -- Jiri Tlusty, playing his first NHL game, scored two goals 35 seconds apart during a four-goal Toronto flurry in the third period.