Rapid Reaction: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0
June, 17, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
BOSTON -- Here's a quick look at the Boston Bruins' 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden on Monday.
How it happened: The Bruins carried the momentum of winning Game 2 and came out flying at home. The Bruins weren't able to capitalize on their play in the first period, but they finally broke through in the second period. Daniel Paille continued his hot streak and scored at 2:14 of the second period to give Boston a 1-0 lead. The Bruins pushed the score to 2-0 when Patrice Bergeron netted a shot on a power play at 14:15 of the second period. The Bruins' defense and goaltender Tuukka Rask took care of the rest. Rask made 28 saves and recorded his third shutout of the playoffs. The Bruins killed off four Blackhawks' power plays. The Blackhawks haven't scored on their last 19 power plays and are 0-for-10 in the series. The Bruins have killed off 26 consecutive power plays. The Bruins also dominated the dot in Game 3, winning 39-of-56 faceoffs. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 33 saves. The Blackhawks dealt with some pregame adversity when forward Marian Hossa was scratched after the team's warm-ups and was replaced by Ben Smith. Smith appeared in one regular-season this season.
Player of the game: Bergeron came through with the goal, but he was also 23-5 on faceoffs and had seven shots on goal.
What it means: The Bruins take a 2-1 series advantage. With the win, the Bruins went 4-0 in Game 3s in the playoff this season. On the other hand, the Blackhawks fell to 0-4 in Game 3s. The extent of Hossa's injury was unknown during the game. To lose him for an extended period could be costly for the Blackhawks. He's used in every role and is tied for a team-high 15 playoff points.
What's next: The series remains in Boston for Game 4 on Wednesday. The Bruins are 7-2 at TD Garden in the playoffs this season. The Blackhawks are 3-5 on the road.