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.
We don't have any excuses tonight. Excuses are for losers. We've played with five defensemen before and it didn't affect us. We just had a bad second period and it cost us the game. We have to look in the mirror and blame ourselves.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on his team's play with the loss of defenseman Johnny Boychuk