Shut It Down!- Tuukka Rask made 28 saves while Daniel Pallie and Patrice Bergeron each scored in the second period as the Boston Bruins shut down the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. The win before a large sell out crowd at the TD Garden in Boston gives the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series with Game 4 taking place on the Bruins home ice Wednesday night. Rask once again was on top of his game and continued to show the Blackhawks why he is one of the top goalies in this year’s post season. Rask successfully was able to play the role of the Bruins last line of defense in stopping a few breakaway chances and denied the Blackhawks at the doorstep each and every time.
The Blackhawks failed to take advantage of two power play opportunities in the opening period with their best chance coming during the second of the two power plays. Jonathan Toews (tayz) got a perfect feed pass to Patrick Kane in front of the Bruins goal. However Kane despite having a seemingly open left side of the net in catching Rask out of position missed it completely with a tip in attempt that went wide. The Blackhawks would get more scoring chances as the game wore on but failed to really take advantage of any of them.
Something Bruin- On the other side of the ledger, the Bruins took advantage of a Chicago turnover as Pallie stole the puck from the stick of the Blackhawks David Bolland and drilled the puck past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford just moments into the second period. Later Bergeron would put the Bruins up by two with a power play goal taking a feed pass from Jaromir Jagr the went across the goal crease perfectly to Bergeron. This was the end result of consecutive penalties to the Blackhawks, the second of which gave Boston a brief 5 on 3 man advantage. Penalties to Bolland for cross checking and Niklas Hjalmarsson put the Blackhawks in a pinch. Boston had only 11 seconds of the two man advantage however it would work out as Bergeron’s goal came as Bolland’s penalty had just expired and before he could get out to Chicago defensive zone.
The Blackhawks in the third period again had some opportunities in the final period including a pair of power play chances but came up empty. Towards the end of the game tempers flared as both teams seemingly had had enough of each other for the evening. Zdeno Chara and Bryan Bickell drew rough minors while Brad Marchand and Andrew Shaw engaged in the first official fisticuffs of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks got bad news before the game when an injury during warm ups kept top offensive threat Marian Hossa out of the game.
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