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Posted On Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 4:27 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Hawks using confidence gained from rally vs. Wings

BOSTON -- The Chicago Blackhawks haven't scored a goal in more than 120 minutes of game time and have lost two straight to trail the Boston Bruins 2-1 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final.

Most teams would be struggling with their confidence after a pair of humbling losses to a streaking Boston team that has won 11 of their last 13 games. But the Blackhawks are not most teams.

Most teams don't open the season with a 21-0-3 streak that was among the best starts to a season in NHL history. Most teams don't come back from a 3-1 series deficit against a Detroit Red Wings team poised to upset the top-seeded, Presidents' Trophy-winning Blackhawks in the Western Conference Semifinals. These Blackhawks have won big games before, and they have all the confidence in the world that they can do it again.

"It kind of gives you confidence. But to be honest with you, what happened in the regular season is a long time ago," forward Patrick Sharp said. "We certainly feel proud of what we accomplished, we feel like we deserve to be where we are and we can draw on past experience."

Posted On Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 1:26 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 9:15 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 8:19 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 4:16 PM

By Nathan MacKinnon -  Special to / - Nathan MacKinnon Draft blog

MacKinnon reunites with Marchand at Cup Final

Nathan MacKinnon is in his second season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this year. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward has 32 goals, 75 points and a plus-40 rating in 44 regular-season games for the Mooseheads in 2012-13. In 17 playoff games, MacKinnon finished with 11 goals and 33 points to help lead his team to the QMJHL championship. He was then awarded with the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as Memorial Cup MVP after finishing with tournament highs of seven goals and 13 points in four games as Halifax won its first Cup crown. MacKinnon, who served as captain for Team Cherry at the 2013 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia, has offered to provide with a monthly blog leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J.

Since attending the Combine, I've kind of just been kicking my feet up after a long season. We went to Europe a couple of times and back over the past few months. It's been a pretty busy season with the Memorial Cup and a lot of games have been played. So it's nice just to get home and rest a little bit.

I found out last week about attending the Stanley Cup Final in Boston. I was actually a little surprised. It wasn't a thing I had been waiting for, it kind of just happened quickly. I heard about it happening in the past, but I wasn't sure if it was going to happen this year. But I'm really glad it did. It's been fun.

We went to see the morning skates early today for both Boston and Chicago. Afterward, we got to go into the dressing room to meet some players. It was cool to see the guys you've been watching every year. Some of them since we were little kids, some of them more recently. I skate with Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins during the offseason, so I talked with him a little bit. Nothing serious, just some small talk.

Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 4:12 PM

By Seth Jones -  Special to / - Seth Jones Draft blog

Jones soaking in atmosphere of Stanley Cup Final

Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, Jones was named the best professional prospect in the WHL, and helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Jones has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

After the Combine in Toronto, I just went home and spent some time with my family just resting up. It was a long season, so we were just hanging out. To pass the time, I've been watching the NHL and NBA playoffs. I want the San Antonio Spurs to win, and they're looking pretty good right now, leading the Miami Heat three games to two. The series isn't over yet, though, so we'll see.

Before attending Game 3 in Boston, I arrived in the city around 1 p.m. [Sunday]. I think Nathan [MacKinnon] got in around 5. So I just waited and hung out around the hotel until he got there. At night, we all got together for dinner and went to the Capital Grille. It was a nice restaurant and I love a good porterhouse steak.

Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Bruins get lift from having Campbell around again

BOSTON -- The lanky, athletic figure came around the corner just seconds after you heard the final clanks of the bottom of his crutches hitting the waxed floor.

Once Gregory Campbell, with his surgically repaired right leg elevated and half protected by a plastic brace, made it to the front of the TD Garden elevators Monday morning, those waiting to go up just a couple floors were reminded what real toughness is.

Most then decided to walk up the steps while the Boston Bruins center waited. After all, everyone looks like a wimp when standing next to the guy famous for playing more than 50 seconds of a penalty kill with a broken leg.

Campbell has been out of the lineup with a broken right fibula ever since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last Monday he underwent surgery for the damage Evgeni Malkin's slap shot caused in that dramatic Bruins win.

As they prepared for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks with the series tied 1-1, the Bruins were visited by Campbell for the first time since his surgery.

Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 1:23 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 06.17.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 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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