Gilles Gilbert didn't have to make too many saves Sunday night but the Boston Bruins needed every one of them to pull out a victory.
Gilbert stopped all 16 shots sent his way but his Chicago counterpart, Tony Esposito, was equally stingy until, with 7:36 gone in the final period, Wagne Cashman deflected Peter McNab's 25-footer past Esposito for the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Black Hawks.
"It was nice to get this one for everyone," said Cashman. "We really got going in the third period. (Boston coach Don) Cherry told us to do as much forechecking as possible in the third period. We knew Chicago was going to play for one or two breaks."
Gilbert, who recorded Boston's first shutout, found waiting for the attack was harder than turning aside Chicago's occasional shots.
"It was a tough game, mentally," he explained. "After the early part of the first priod, there really weren't that many tough saves. I just had to stay mentally prepared. I was always preparing myself for the breakaway, because in a 1-0 game there are always a lot of long passes and I wanted to be ready.