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Blackhawks know they need pucks, bodies at net

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 4:40 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks put 38 shots on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final but know it wasn't enough.

Despite limited mobility because of an undisclosed injury, Bishop made 36 saves and didn't have to face many rapid-fire shot attempts. He made a lot of first saves and got help from the fortress of Lightning players who cleared pucks out of dangerous areas.

The Blackhawks, who trail the best-of-7 series 2-1, need to make that task more difficult in Game 4 at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I wasn't paying attention to it as much," Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook said of Bishop's injury issues. "I don't know if I just didn't see it or what, but I think you want to continue to do the things that we do. Get bodies to the net. Get pucks there. Try and get good looks and get him moving a little bit. It's pretty much just directing pucks and bodies at the net and trying to make him work in there."

Blackhawks capable of comeback down 2-1 in Final

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 4:22 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks won Game 1, 2-1, before losing the next two and needing to win Game 4 to avoid a 3-1 series deficit in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

This sounds like a familiar script because it is. The Blackhawks trail the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in the series, similar to when Chicago was down 2-1 to the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Cup Final.

After the Blackhawks lost Game 3 to the Bruins two years ago, they did not lose again. Their chance to author a sequel begins Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"It's not necessarily a situation you want to be in," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "The fact this group of players and this organization has been down that road a few times, has been able to persevere has been good for us. We're going to try to draw from that experience and play better games going forward."

Each of the first three games of the 2015 Final has been tied in the third period. In 2013, the Blackhawks lost Game 2 in overtime 2-1 before being shut out 2-0 in Game 3.

Lightning D-man Hedman impressing Lidstrom

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 2:58 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Nicklas Lidstrom couldn't get over Victor Hedman's size when he met the hulking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman during a visit by the top prospects for the 2009 NHL Draft at the Stanley Cup Final.

"I heard lots of great things about him before I met him through some of the scouts and people in Sweden, that he had great potential and was really a gifted player that could be a top player, and I knew he was going to be a high draft pick. But my first impression was the size he had," the former Detroit Red Wings defenseman told NHL.com by phone from Sweden on Tuesday. "Being 18 years old and having that size, that's a big advantage. But you've got to be able to handle it too.

"He seems able to do the best with it."

Goalie matchup: Inside Game 3 for Bishop, Crawford

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:23 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

A huge part of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final has been the battle between 2013 Cup winner Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL.com scouted the goalies before the series and will track their performances each game, identifying attack trends and shot quality. Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, will use Double Blue Sports Analytics software to chart goals and shots in each game. Here are his findings from Game 3, a 3-2 victory by the Lightning.

Ben Bishop stole the spotlight and the headlines in Game 3 on Monday by overcoming an apparent injury to make 36 saves to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

As gutsy as Bishop's effort was while facing the most shots in this series so far, especially during a 19-shot barrage in the first period, the shot metrics tell a different story in terms of quality.

Palat goal example of growth of Lightning's resolve

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 10:23 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

NHL.com

The relative youth of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been a question throughout their run to the Stanley Cup Final.

But when faced with adversity during Game 3 of the Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Lightning showed how much resiliency they've gained.

Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad scored on an open look from above the hash marks to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead at 4:14 of the third period.

Lightning's Paquette continues to prove his worth

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:35 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

CHICAGO -- Brian Boyle had no idea who Cedric Paquette was when the Tampa Bay Lightning opened training camp last September.

Boyle signed with the Lightning as an unrestricted free agent after having helped the New York Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final three months earlier, and was trying to ease his way into his first camp with his new team.

Paquette wouldn't let him.

The rookie forward's attempt to earn a roster spot was a thorn in Boyle's side throughout camp, and even though Paquette ended up getting cut, he left an impression.

"I was like, 'Who the hell is this kid?' I didn't know him," Boyle said. "Since then, he's been a huge asset for our team. I get to [penalty] kill with him. He's learned so much, he's come so far this year."

Desjardins: Blackhawks must play full 60 in Game 4

Andrew Desjardins - Special to NHL.com

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins will be blogging for NHL.com periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In this edition, he explains what it's like to take the ice after scoring a goal only to allow one quickly afterward, as the Blackhawks did in the third period of Game 3.

CHICAGO -- It started off great.

I thought after they (the Lightning) came out hard at first, we had a really good first period. We did a good job getting pucks to the net with 19 shots on goal, and that was a positive to come out of it.

There were a lot of good things in that game for us. We did a good job on special teams, had a huge 5-on-3 penalty kill, got a big power-play goal. But it's a 60-minute game, and you've got to play for 60 minutes. You can't have those lapses.

One of them came after [Brandon] Saad gave us the lead 2-1 in the third and the building was going nuts.

I was sent out for the next shift, and we gave up the lead 13 seconds later [on Ondrej Palat's goal].

Obviously you don't want that to happen. Those are crucial times.

Garrison: We passed another test with Game 3 win

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:23 AM / Player's Blog with the Lightning's Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison - Special to NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging for NHL.com periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final. In this edition, he talks about the Lightning's 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3.

CHICAGO -- Coming to Chicago, you kind of know that it's a tough building to play in; it's super loud, especially during the anthem. So there was some talk in our room about trying to make sure we silence the crowd as soon as possible by getting a good start to the game.

We were able to do that with Ryan Callahan's goal early in the first period. But the Blackhawks had a span in that first period when they were definitely in their rhythm and putting it to us pretty well. We were at least able to maintain it, and after the first period we played more of our game more of the time. We came in waves. We had our chances. They had their chances.

This was a very good test for our team and we did a good job with it, we passed. It's pretty impressive how we do keep passing these tests that are thrown our way.

Lightning goalie Bishop stellar after pregame doubt

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:17 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- One day soon, after this Stanley Cup Final is in the books, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper will publicly discuss goalie Ben Bishop's mystery injury, which has become the talk of the series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

What Cooper says at that time might make heads turn because this injury, assuming there is one, of course, could very well be severe enough that people will wonder how Bishop could have possibly played through it.

No matter what the reaction will be at that time, it still might pale in comparison to the impression Bishop left on the series in Game 3 on Monday at United Center.

Blackhawks' killer instinct deserts them in Game 3

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:08 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have a proven killer instinct. Unfortunately, it deserted them at precisely the wrong time in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center.

You don't win the Stanley Cup twice since 2010 without knowing how to keep an opponent down upon gaining an advantage. But if the Blackhawks have designs on claiming the Cup for the third time in six years, they can't allow the Tampa Bay Lightning to steal another game, as the visitors did in a 3-2 win Monday.

"This one's frustrating right now," Chicago goalie Corey Crawford said. "We did a lot of good things; got up in the third period …"

Yes, the Hawks did get up in the third period; they scored what appeared to be a backbreaking goal by Brandon Saad at 4:14, giving Chicago its first lead of the game at 2-1 and turning United Center into its famous alter ego, the "Madhouse on Madison."

But 13 seconds later, Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat shoveled a loose puck past Crawford to tie the game 2-2.

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