STANLEY CUP FINAL: GAME 3 - BRUINS VS. BLACKHAWKS
10:50 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CHI 0
BRUINS TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD: A pair of second period goals powered the Bruins past the Blackhawks in tonight’s Game 3 win. Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille landed on the scoresheet, but the B’s can attribute this win to the little things. The Bruins dominated the Hawks in the faceoff circle, finishing the evening with a 70% success rate—thanks to the efforts of Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, and Patrice Bergeron. Beyond that, Boston blocked 17 shots to Chicago’s seven, outhit their counterpart 31-25, and outshot them 35-27. The Bruins will look to take a 3-1 series lead at the same time (8:00 PM ET) and same place (TD Garden) on Wednesday night.
BLACKHAWKS GET A LATE PP: With David Krejci boxed at 15:55 for tripping, the Blackhawks got a chance to generate some late momentum and mount a comeback. But Tuukka Rask and the Bruins’ streaking penalty kill wouldn’t allow it, and the team’s PK streak extends to 26.
BRUINS BACK ON THE POWER PLAY: Dave Bolland was sent to the penalty box for the third time tonight at 13:55, this time for tripping. Both Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Milan Lucic all had scoring chances on the doorstep on Chicago’s net, but none could jam the puck past Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks managed to stave off the Bruins’ powerplay and drew a penalty of their own at 15:55, as David Krejci was called for hooking.
ADAM MCQUAID SENT TO THE SIN BIN: Adam McQuaid drew Boston’s third penalty call of the night at 7:56 when he tripped up Blackhawks Marcus Kruger in the Bruin’s defensive zone. The B’s PK came up big yet again, posting its 25th consecutive kill and not yielded a single shot on net. Chicago’s power play is now 0-for-9 this series.
BERGERON BUZZIN’: Patrice Bergeron potted the Bruins’ second goal of the night, but his performance tonight extends far beyond the scoresheet. The B’s alternate captain has rattled off a game-high six shots (no player has more than three) and he’s 21-for-25 (84%) in the faceoff circle.
HAWKS KILL POWER PLAY: The Bruins entered the third period with one minute remaining on Dave Bolland’s two-minute minor. Although the B’s were able to maintain pressure and possession in Chicago’s end, the Blackhawks clogged up shooting lanes and didn’t allow a shot. Boston is now 1-for-3 on the power play tonight.
10:08 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CHI 0BRUINS TAKE 2-0 LEAD INTO THE THIRD:
After a scoreless first period, the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second frame thanks to goals from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron. Both goals carry some significance. The Bruins are 7-0 when Paille scores a goal in a playoff game, while Bergeron’s power play tally comes against the NHL’s best postseason PK unit. Prior to Game 3, the Blackhawks had only surrendered four power play goals in 63 shorthanded situations. This game is long from over, however. The Bruins are 6-2 when leading after the second period this postseason, and the team that scored first lost both Games 1 and 2 of this series.
DAVE BOLLAND BACK TO THE BOX: Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland was sent to the penalty box for the second time this period at 19:00 for a late trip on Johnny Boychuk. David Krejci got a decent look for the B’s as time expired, but he couldn’t jam the puck past Corey Crawford behind the horn sounded. The Bruins will being the third period with one minute remaining on the power play.
BRUINS SCORE ON A 5-ON-3: Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland was called for cross-checking at 12:00 after he pushed Chris Kelly into Chicago’s net. Just 1:50 later, Niklas Hjalmarsson was sent for tripping after taking Daniel Paille’s legs out on a breakaway. With a 5-on-3 opportunity, the Bruins were able to cycle the puck with patience and quickly capitalized. Zdeno Chara sent a pass from the high-slot to Jaromir Jagr on the left side of the red line. Jagr saucered a perfect pass through traffic to Patrice Bergeron, who settled the puck, hesitated, and then banked it into the net off the right post. Bergeron now has seven goals this postseason (marks a postseason career-high), while Jagr and Chara pick up their eighth and tenth assists respectively. Jagr takes sole possession of fifth place on the all-time NHL postseason points list (197) with his assist on the play.
B’S BLOCKING SHOTS: In Games 1 and 2, the Bruins blocked 59 shots to the Blackhawks’ 46. The B’s are once again making a concerted effort to block shots in the defensive zone. With eight minutes remaining in the second period, the Bruins have 11 blocked shots while the Hawks have just one.
BRUINS THRIVE WITH FIRST GOAL: By taking a 1-0 lead in the second period, the Bruins’ outlook is bright. The B’s are 8-3 when scoring first this postseason. Moreover, Boston is 7-0 all-time when Paille scores a playoff goal, including 3-0 this postseason (Game 3 vs. TOR; Game 3 vs. NYR; Game 2 vs. CHI).
DANIEL PAILLE STRIKES AGAIN: Late in Game 2, Claude Julien decided it was time to shuffle his lines. The Bruins’ bench boss put Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly, and Daniel Paille together, and this trio has now accounted for the team’s last three goals. Paille put the B’s on the scoreboard at 2:13 with a wicked, turnaround snapshot. He now has four goals for the postseason, and both Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin notch assists on the play.
9:10 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, CHI 0
B’S, HAWKS SCORELESS AFTER FIRST: With 20 minutes in the books, the Bruins and Blackhawks are scoreless. Despite playing shorthanded for four minutes, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr, Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille, and Brad Marchand all generated great chances—however, none could capitalize. The Bruins also head to the dressing room with a 77% success rate in the faceoff circle. Bergeron went 10-for-11—including a 3-for-3 mark against 2013 Selke Trophy winner Jonathan Toews—while David Krejci went 3-for-4, and Chris Kelly 4-for-6. Boston is 5-4 when tied after the first period this season, while the Chicago has accrued a 4-3 mark.
THORNTON GOES FOR ROUGHING: The Bruins found themselves shorthanded again at 14:15 after Shawn Thornton was sent to the penalty box for roughing. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith immediately generated a great scoring chance with a point-blank slapshot that was denied by Tuukka Rask, and after that, it was all Bruins. Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille, and Brad Marchand all had breakaways shorthanded opportunties. Corey Crawford came through with clutch saves on Peverley and Paille, but Marchand just lost control of the puck as he drove to the doorstep of the net. The Bruins have now killed 24 consecutive penalties.
DAUGAVINS SENT FOR ROUGHING: Kaspars Daugavins is the first player visiting the penalty box tonight. The Bruins forward was called for roughing at 9:57 after he got tangled up with Andrew Shaw near the Bruins bench. Boston’s penalty kill picked up where it left off in Game 2 and shut the Blackhawks power play unit down. The Bruins have now killed 23 consecutive penalties. New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi is the last player to best the B’s PK, having netted a goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.
JAGR, BERGERON GET EARLY CHANCES: Only four minutes into the first period, but the Bruins have already generated a fair share of scoring chances. Dennis Seidenberg put a puck on net at 3:47 that was blocked, leaving Patrice Bergeron to pick up the rebound and fire a snapshot at Corey Crawford from 15 feet out. Moments later, Jaromir Jagr threw a backhander on net from 11 feet away but was denied by Crawford. Thus far, the Bruins are outshooting the Blackhawks by a 7-2 mark.
HAWKS DRESS STALBERG; HOSSA OUT: The Boston Bruins will roll the same four lines that ended Game 2, but the Blackhawks’ lineup will look different. For starters, Marian Hossa is a surprise scratch. Per the Chicago Blackhawks Twitter account, “something apparently happened in warmups,” which caused Hossa to be scratched from tonight’s game. In his place will be Ben Smith from Boston College who was a part of the 2010 Eagles Championship squad for his first NHL postseason appearence. Joel Quenneville has also opted to dress winger Viktor Stalberg in favor of Brandon Bollig. Stalberg is a 6’3”, 209 pound forward who recorded 9-14=23 totals in 47 regular season games.
7:47 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS VS CHI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (13-5, 1.73 GAA, .944 Save %) vs. Crawford (13-6, 1.72 GAA, .935 Save %). Rask is 20-11 with a 2.08 GAA and .931 Save % with two shutouts in 31 career postseason games. Crawford is 18-14 with a 2.00 GAA and .926 Save % with two shutouts in 33 career postseason games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight’s Fan Banner Captains are Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers, and Jennifer Lemmerman, who are siblings of Sean Collier. Sean was an MIT Police Officer who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the City of Boston in a firefight with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Below is a recap of the Fan Banner Captains thus far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: J.P. and Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the marathon)
PIT, Game 4: William and Patricia Campbell (Their daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events)
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off in the postseason for the seventh time—first in the Stanley Cup Finals—with Boston holding a 5-1 lifetime series record. These teams have played 24 postseason games with Boston holding a 17-6-1 advantage and a 102-68 scoring edge. The Bruins are 9-3-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 8-3 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs. Boston won its first four series versus Chicago (1927, 1942, 1970, 1974) before falling to the Blackhawks in a best-of-three series in 1975.
GAME THREE COMPARISONS: The Bruins have had success in Games 3’s this postseason, posting a perfect 3-0 record (5-2 win at TOR, 2-1 win at NYR and a 1-0 win vs. PIT), while the Blackhawks Game 3 record stands at 0-3 (3-2 loss at MIN, 3-1 loss at DET and 3-1 loss at LAK).
STREAKING: Tyler Seguin enters Game 3 riding a two-game point streak having registered two assists during that span, including an assist on Daniel Paille’s game winning overtime goal in Game 2…The Bruins PK unit has killed off 22 straight penalties coming into tonight (one vs. NYR, 15 vs. PIT and six vs. CHI).
LUCIC-KREJCI-HORTON LINE PACING NHL: Entering tonight’s Game 2, the members of the Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton line are pacing the NHL in several statistical categories. Krejci leads the NHL in playoff goals, assists, and points with 9-14=23 totals, while Horton ranks second at 7-11=18, and Lucic third with 5-11=16. This trio also owns the top three spots in the postseason plus-minus department with Horton leading the way at plus-22, followed by Krejci at plus-15, and Lucic at plus-14.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Marian Hossa (7-8=15), Patrick Kane (6-9=15) and Patrick Sharp (9-6=15) lead the Blackhawks in scoring thus far in the 2013 playoffs with 15 points apiece… Sharp is currently tied for the lead league with nine goals this postseason…Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford ranks first the NHL with a 1.72 postseason GAA and ranks second in save percentage at .935… On June 14, Chicago forward Jonathan Toews was named the 2013 Selke Trophy winner… The Blackhawks captured the Presidents’ Trophy after posting a 36-7-5 regular season record, which set an NHL record for most points in a 48-game season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 8-for-50 (16.0%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 51-for-58 (87.9%, 4th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 7-for-57 (12.3%, 12th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 59-for-63 (93.6%, 1st NHL).