Five thoughts from the second period of Game 3

Five thoughts from the second period of Game 3
June 17, 2013, 10:15 pm
Share This Post

BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 after 40 minutes in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at TD Garden.

1) Patrice Bergeron is putting on a clinic for the three Pro Hockey Writers Association voters that kept him off their Selke Trophy ballots: a power-play goal, a game-high six shots on net, 19-of-22 faceoff wins and lockdown defense on Patrick Kane. Meanwhile Jonathan Toews continues to be largely missing in action in this playoff series against his counterpart.

2) People can complain all they want about Jaromir Jagr being slow and can get as much incriminating video as they want of the 41-year-old slowly getting back to the bench for line changes, but the dude delivers offense, even at an advanced age. His passes are tape-to-tape and crisp, and the cross-ice look down low to Bergeron that he threaded through Milan Lucic and Brent Seabrook in the crease was a thing of beauty. It resulted in a power play goal, and is the exact reason the Bruins went out and traded for him.

3) Bruins defense doing a good job of choking the Blackhawks offense. Less than a handful of scoring chances, and everything is being kept to the outside by a disciplined Bruins defense playing their system to a ‘T.’ Patrick Kane had one of the best chances of the night, but held on to the puck too long and then fired it right into Tuukka Rask’s pads after a sweet cross-ice pass from Brent Seabrook. Rask has been good, but he hasn’t really been challenged.

4) Dave Bolland not exactly ripping it up tonight. A minus-1, and he’s taken a pair of penalties that were less than stellar, including a cross-checking call after Chris Kelly beat him cleanly on a puck rage and subsequent drive to the net. Blackhawks bottom forwards are getting dominated by the Bruins, as Daniel Paille scored another goal for the Bruins on a hustle play where he lifted Dave Bolland’s stick before scoring.

5) Bruins have blocked 12 shots, and the Blackhawks have blocked two shots. Bruins are paying the price for the wins, and the Blackhawks are settling at both ends of the ice.