The Chicago Blackhawks seemed flightless in-game three. After two outstanding games something has to give and it did. The Blackhawks were unable to match up with the Boston Bruins for the first time in the series. Game three was completely dominated by Boston. The Bruins seemed unfazed by the extra periods they have played in the finals. Boston out hit, out shot and completely owned the faceoff dot. The Bruins centers were able to rack up 40 faceoff wins to Chicago’s 16.
To make matters worse for the Blackhawks their star forward Marian Hossa was scratched shortly after getting hit by a puck in warm-ups. Joel Quennville said that the injury did not come from being hit by the puck. What ever the case is, it seemed to take the fight out of the Blackhawks. Hossa has been a rock in this Post season; he is tied with the team lead in points with 15. While this series is far from over I can’t help but ask; are the Blackhawks out of legs?
For the Bruins it was a case of the role player turned GWG scorer again Daniel Paille netted his second GWG in as many games. The Bruins were able to wake their sleeping Power Play when Patrice Bergeron put a snap shot by Corey Crawford to put the Bruins up by two. Tuukka Rask went Tuukka Rask and stopped all 28 shots he faced; all but assuring he will cash in when it comes time for a new contract.
Game four is Wednesday night in Boston at 8pm EST.
My prediction has been and still is Boston in 6.