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Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Commitment to 'D' is foundation to Bergeron's game

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 1:25 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON - Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is scheduled to get married this summer. If he wants to hold the wedding in a place he loves, linemate Jaromir Jagr has an idea.

"I never really see a more hungry guy in the defensive zone. I said that before, I think he even likes to be in the defensive zone. I think he loves it," Jagr said after the Bruins won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Monday night at TD Garden.

"He's just, you know, he's so responsible with every puck and he wants to win every puck on the boards in the defensive zone. So it makes it a lot easier for me and [Brad Marchand]."

Bergeron makes the most of every second he's in the defensive zone, although that isn't usually a lot of time when he's playing his best and helping get pucks out. In the win Monday night against Chicago that put the Bruins up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series heading into Game 4 on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), Bergeron's stick was in every passing lane, he was positioned almost perfectly for every battle and he proved how much he loves to win faceoffs.

Blackhawks feel absence of surprise scratch Hossa

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 1:07 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Marian Hossa
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 15
SOG: 65 | +/-: 8
BOSTON -- Marian Hossa was a surprise scratch for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after the 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins that Hossa is "day-to-day" with an upper-body injury. There were reports that something happened to Hossa during the pregame warmup, in which he participated, but Quenneville said the injury had nothing to do with what transpired during the skate.

Regardless of where the injury took place, the Blackhawks felt Hossa's absence.

"He's a big loss for our team," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "I don't know what his status is, so it's tough to comment. But I think we had guys step in and playing different roles. I thought the lines got some chances, even though we were missing Hossa."

Hossa is tied for the team lead with 15 points during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is third on the team with seven goals and 65 shots on goal.

Reconfigured third line has sparked Bruins

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 12:55 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Claude Julien's self-proclaimed "hunch from a coach" has turned into a major reason why the Boston Bruins are two wins shy of raising the Stanley Cup again.

Julien, the Bruins' coach, first showcased his retooled third line of Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin early in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday at United Center because Boston was getting beaten soundly at that point and he felt the reconfigured line maybe could help the Bruins turn the momentum.

They did and Paille wound up scoring the overtime winner. They remained together for Game 3 on Monday night at TD Garden and, again, Paille scored the winning goal in 2-0 victory by the Bruins that gave them a 2-1 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the best-of-7 series.

Paille's winner came 2:13 into the second period of Game 3, off assists from Kelly and Seguin, who also had the primary assist on his OT winner Saturday.

Key facts and figures from Game 3

Monday, 06.17.2013 / 11:36 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - Columnist

After two knock-down, drag-out overtime games at United Center, the Boston Bruins made it look easy at home.

Goals by Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron, along with a flawless 28-save effort by Tuukka Rask, carried the Bruins to a 2-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. The Bruins lead the series 2-1 and can take command by winning Game 4 at TD Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Here are some of the key facts and figures from Game 3:

0 -- Playoff goals this spring for Boston's Jaromir Jagr, who has never gone without a goal in any postseason in which he has played more than three games. Jagr does have eight assists, including the primary helper on Boston's second goal.

1 -- Shot on goal by Chicago forward Ben Smith, who played his first game in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Smith got the call when Chicago star Marian Hossa was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury.

Top prospects enjoy memorable day at Cup Final

Monday, 06.17.2013 / 4:53 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Less than two weeks before they join the ranks of the National Hockey League, four of the top junior prospects heading into this year's NHL Draft came to TD Garden for a memorable afternoon before attending Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.

The group -- consisting of defensemen Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks and Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads -- got to witness firsthand the magic and mania of hockey's biggest stage.

The prospects' whirlwind day in Boston wasn't nearly as strenuous as the recent NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, but it was almost as eventful. It started with the four prospects watching the morning skate for both the Blackhawks and Bruins, an experience that truly impressed on these four teenagers the level of skill and size they will be contending with in the NHL.

"Shawn Thornton's a pretty big guy, pretty scary looking, actually. [Milan] Lucic is a pretty big dude, as well," said MacKinnon, who won the Memorial Cup alongside Drouin on May 26. "Obviously [Zdeno] Chara is a machine. That guy probably plugs himself in at night and recharges that way. He's unbelievable."

Potential adjustments could change look of Game 3

Monday, 06.17.2013 / 1:24 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The 2013 Stanley Cup Final is already three games old as the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks prepare for Game 3 on Monday night at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

By playing the equivalent of an extra contest via parts of four overtime periods in Games 1 and 2, these two teams have provided each other with extra video to comb through as the two coaching staffs search for adjustments to make.

The series is tied, but there have been long stretches of play where either the Blackhawks or Bruins dominated. Finding a way to prolong the highs and limit the lows could be the key to claiming a championship.

With that in mind, here are five potential adjustments the Blackhawks or Bruins could make Monday night to deliver a victory and the lead in this series:

Julien giving rookie blueliner Krug leeway in Final

Monday, 06.17.2013 / 9:00 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- If Torey Krug was treated like a rookie in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final last Wednesday, the defenseman got the veteran treatment from Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien in Game 2 Saturday night at United Center.

Krug, who is officially a rookie and is finishing up his first full year of pro hockey, was pinned to the bench in Game 1 after a third-period giveaway led to the first goal of the Chicago Blackhawks' rally from two goals down en route to a triple-overtime win.

Although Julien gave Krug a regular shift in the overtimes (Krug finished with 19:36 of ice time), there were some questions about whether the 22-year-old would get to keep skating in the Cup Final. But there he was in the action again for Game 2, which the Bruins won 2-1 in overtime to even the series.

"I don't think about that," Krug said about the possibility of being a scratch. "I'm just trying to do my job and take care of what I can control. And if I don't do that, there is a chance I won't play. But you know I'm not worried about it. The coaching staff has a lot of confidence in me. I have a lot of confidence in myself. I'm just going out and trying to help the team."

Blackhawks hope to regain momentum – and keep it

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 8:37 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins each have one win and five goals after playing nearly 186 minutes of hockey in the Stanley Cup Final. They've played enough minutes to fulfill three games and yet the series is as close on paper as Jaromir Jagr was to scoring early in overtime on Saturday night.

To further the metaphor, both teams are a proverbial puck off the crossbar away from owning a 2-0 lead going into Game 3 on Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). In reality, the Bruins are actually a Zdeno Chara shot off the post away from having the Blackhawks close to the brink.

They don't. That's hockey, or so they say.

"If you have a bad heart, you might not watch the game because you might get a heart attack," Jagr said. "For young people, you know it's exciting to watch. Old people, don't watch it because you might die just watching it."

Those who are watching -- young or old -- also know that despite the way this series has unfolded through two games at United Center, it's clearer than a brand new pane of Plexiglass that the Bruins and Blackhawks can barely hold on when the other team has momentum on its side.

Bruins, Hawks try to find rest following OT games

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 7:22 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- In a series that opened with the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history followed by a Game 2 that ended with a paltry 13:48 of extra time, both the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have been forced to utilize any and every moment to rest and recharge heading into Game 3 Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

For the Bruins, who boarded an early flight the morning after their 2-1 overtime victory in Game 2, that meant a quiet plane ride back to Boston before enjoying a nap in their own beds after opening the series in Chicago.

"We flew out this morning. Everyone was sleeping. It was an early flight," said Tyler Seguin, who set up Daniel Paille's OT winner 13:48 into overtime Saturday night. "It's a great feeling. We all felt it last night. That being said, it's a new day today. I'm looking forward to going to nap in my own bed today and relax and get ready to play at home."

Paille showing he can provide offense when needed

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 3:38 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- If the Boston Bruins go on to win their second championship in three years, there's no doubt how Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final will be remembered.

Daniel Paille
Left Wing - BOS
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 7
SOG: 20 | +/-: 3
It'll be called the "Yippee Paille" game.

Unheralded Bruins forward Daniel Paille scored the game-winning goal with 13:48 elapsed in overtime Saturday in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. He earlier had set up Chris Kelly's game-tying goal in the second period with a wraparound shot that deflected off Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford to Kelly in the slot for a tap-in.

In his previous 63 NHL postseason games, Paille had never scored in overtime. So he was still relishing the occasion long after the Bruins evened the series and traveled back to Boston, where they will host Game 3 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

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