Talking points from the Bruins' Game 3 victory

Talking points from the Bruins' Game 3 victory
June 18, 2013, 12:15 am
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GAME 3 REPORT

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BOSTON - CSNNE Bruins insider Joe Haggerty brings you the good and bad from the Bruins' 2-0 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals:

GOLD STAR: A game-high seven shots on net, a power-play goal and 24-of-28 face-off wins for the Bruins to go along with a complete shutdown job of Patrick Kane finished off as close to a perfect game as you’ll see from Patrice Bergeron in a Stanley Cup Finals setting. He crushed Michael Handzus on the dot, and was a constant presence buzzing around the net waiting for opportunities. It was the perfect display of who the real Selke Trophy winner is between Bergeron and Jonathan Toews when the two centers are set side-by-side, but No. 37 has his sights set on much bigger, better things with a couple of more wins potentially in their future.

BLACK EYE: Dave Bolland took three bad penalties, had the puck taken from him by Daniel Paille on a play that led directly to the goal for the Bruins and was 1-for-8 from the face-off dot in a weak performance. There was some question about how the Blackhawks centers would do against Boston’s strength down the middle over the course of a long playoff series, and they’re not rating very well against the Black and Gold at this point. Part of the reason for the resurgence of Boston’s third line is the complete ineptitude of Bolland the past two games. Chris Kelly beat him in a race for the puck to set the events in motion for the second goal as well.

TURNING POINT: The Blackhawks had a chance when it was still a 1-0 game to get on the board when Brent Seabrook found Patrick Kane all alone on the left hand side with a clear shot at the net. Instead of pulling the trigger, the Blackhawks sniper waited and waited, and then fired a puck right into Tuukka Rask’s pads for an easy save. It continues a series of frustration for Kane and Jonathan Toews, who have been held to one assist in three games. Other than shot, the scoring chances were few and far between during the first two periods and it was a little too late when the Blackhawks started getting desperate toward the end of the game.

HONORABLE MENTION: Six blocked shots and physical, punishing defense from Dennis Seidenberg in 25:04 of ice time is the perfect complement to Zdeno Chara as a shutdown pairing, and the twosome have kept Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell off the scoresheet. Bickell was so frustrated by the end of the game that he tried to tangle with Zdeno Chara, and instead got completely manhandled in front of the Boston net after the big defenseman decked him with an elbow. Seidenberg and Chara weren’t allowing anything in the slot area, and Seidenberg was blocking anything that happened to be on its way to the net. That’s a tough combo to beat when they’re on their game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 84 percent – the percentage of teams that have gone on to win the Stanley Cup after winning Game 3 when the series was tied at 1-1 after the first two games. That’s 21-of-25 teams since the NHL went to a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals back in 1939.
 
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Yeah, It’s 2-1. We’ve just got to get ready for the next game.” –Zdeno Chara, clearly unimpressed with holding a lead in the Stanley Cup Final, and instead intent on finishing things out with two wins to go.