BOSTON - The bad news started for the Chicago Blackhawks before the puck dropped — and it never got any better.
High-scoring Marian Hossa was a late scratch from the lineup after sustaining an upper body injury. Then the Blackhawks were beaten 2-0 by the Boston Bruins and fell behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals.
After two overtime games — a 4-3 Chicago win in three extra sessions and a 2-1 Boston win in one — the Blackhawks offence was continually shackled by tight checking and strong goaltending by Tuukka Rask, who stopped 28 shots in his third shutout in his 14 wins this post-season.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday