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Posted On Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 1:26 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Power play, faceoffs doom Blackhawks in Game 3

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't have to look too far to figure out why his team was blanked in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night at TD Garden.

"You can talk about [faceoffs] and the power play," Quenneville said. "Those were basically the differentials in the game."

The Blackhawks were 0-for-5 on the power play with four shots on goal. They lost 40-of-56 faceoffs.

Not surprisingly, they couldn't score and the Boston Bruins won the game, 2-0, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"Our power play tonight was definitely not good," Quenneville said.

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Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 9:15 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Chara and Lucic collide during warmups

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic and defenseman Zdeno Chara had a collision during pregame warmups Monday night at TD Garden, but both were in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

However, CBC analyst Glenn Healy reported that Chara needed stitches in the back of his head after warmups. Chara played nine shifts totaling 6:58 in the first period and was on the ice for every one of Chicago captain Jonathan Toews' eight shifts.

Chara had to leave the ice midway through the period, but it appeared to be an equipment issue. He still played nine shifts and saw 6:58 of ice time. Lucic, who apparently came away unscathed from the collision, played six shifts totaling 4:52 in the first period.

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Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 8:19 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Hossa sits out Game 3 with injury

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa was scratched from the lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night at TD Garden. Ben Smith replaced Hossa in the lineup.

Hossa was injured during warmups, according to the Blackhawks. However, coach Joel Qunneville said after the game that was not the case. Hossa is tied with Patrick Sharp for the team lead with 15 points in 19 games. He has seven goals and eight assists.

Hossa, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, was playing on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.

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Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 1:23 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Marchand not yet focus of Blackhawks

BOSTON -- Typically after a game or two in a series, Brad Marchand starts to wear on the opposition so much so that they begin to either use the word hate to describe the antagonizing Boston Bruins left wing or at least show their frustration with him through their on-ice reactions.

So, heading into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), the question posed to Marchand was this:

Do the Chicago Blackhawks hate you yet?

"I don't know," Marchand answered. "You'd have to ask them."

And so we did, first to Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

Do you hate Brad Marchand yet?

"I'm not going to comment on that," Toews said. "I'll just let it be."

But then he didn't. After taking a breath, Toews continued answering the question.


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Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Stalberg back in Blackhawks' lineup for Game 3

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Viktor Stalberg will make his Stanley Cup Final debut Monday night at TD Garden in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). Stalberg is replacing Brandon Bollig on the fourth line.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he's making the change in order to get more speed and energy into the Blackhawks' lineup as they look to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Stalberg is a speed guy, while Bollig is more of a physical player.

Bollig averaged 8:51 of ice time in Games 1 and 2, but his misplay of the puck along the wall in overtime of Game 2 directly led to Daniel Paille's winning goal.

"I think that he's a threat off the rush," Quenneville said of Stalberg. "I think Bollig gave us a couple real strong games. I thought he did a nice job. [With] Viktor, we're just looking for more. I think offensively, defensively, giving us some more in both those areas."

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Posted On Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 2:11 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Disallowed goal leaves Blackhawks disappointed

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks already had a 1-0 first-period lead, were dominating play and thought they had doubled their advantage when they saw the puck slide into the Boston Bruins' net. Instead, referee Wes McCauley, who was peering through the top of the net from behind the cage, quickly waved his arms to call the play dead and the NHL's Situation Room upheld the call on the ice after conducting a video review.

It would have been the all-important second goal of what was a dominating first period. Instead Chicago never scored again en route to a 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 2:02 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Victory helps Jagr deal with his frustration

CHICAGO -- The puck ripped off of Jaromir Jagr's stick and clanged off the crossbar, bounding up into the mesh protecting the fans sitting behind the goal line to stop play 1:28 into overtime Saturday night at United Center.

Jagr couldn't help himself -- he let out a primal scream, uniquely showing his frustration for barely missing the winner and extending what is becoming a borderline ridiculous scoring drought for the future Hall of Fame right wing of the Boston Bruins.

The 41-year-old hasn't scored a goal in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs; in fact, he hasn't turned on the red light since April 21 against the Florida Panthers.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 6:51 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

'Hockey breaks' don't worry Bruins heading to Game 2

CHICAGO -- Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is 34 years old and he's been in the NHL since 1999, so he knows how to handle tough breaks, such as the one that went against him Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya scored a game-tying goal with 7:46 remaining in regulation that went into the net off Ference's left skate. Thursday, Ference said he immediately shook it off and went about the business of trying to win the game.

"You'd drive yourself crazy," Ference said when asked if that puck-off-the-skate goal haunted him after the Bruins' 4-3 triple-overtime loss. "I might have when I was 22 or something like that, but at this point it was out of my mind on the next shift. At this point you almost kind of shake your head at it and say, 'What can you do?' You hope somewhere down the line you shoot one off of one of their feet.

"That's the way playoffs go. There are certain plays you can control and there are certain plays you wouldn't change a single thing you did and the puck goes in. I'm not wasting any energy thinking about that."

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.12.2013 / 1:43 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks to split Toews, Kane to start Game 1

CHICAGO -- After combining on the double-overtime goal that put the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will be on separate lines at the start of Game 1 against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Toews will center Chicago's first line, with Patrick Sharp on his left and Marian Hossa on his right. Kane will be back on the right side of Michal Handzus, with Bryan Bickell on the left wing. Toews, Kane and Bickell were a line for the second half of Game 4 and all of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings.

"For the most part, I think we've had a lot of balance throughout the season with myself and [Toews] on different lines," Kane said. "You look at that top line with Hossa, Sharp and Toews -- they don't get much better than that. I think it's about balance."

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Posted On Saturday, 06.08.2013 / 8:11 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Blackhawks-Kings series blog

Richards returns to Kings lineup in Game 5

CHICAGO -- Center Mike Richards is back in the Los Angeles Kings' lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night after missing three games with a concussion.

Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final with a win.

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