Jun 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in game three of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Morning After: Thoughts on Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals

Jun 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) is congratulated by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) after game three of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden. The Bruins won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

No overtime was needed as the Boston Bruins dominated during game 3, and won 2-0.

  • The surprising scratch of Marian Hossa was the nail in the coffin for the Blackhawks during game 3. The pressure was heavily on Patrick Kane and Johnathan Toews, and neither came up for the occasion. Without Hossa, the series could end prematurely for the Blackhawks a series many, just like myself wanted to see go 7.
  • The Blackhawks and their offensive firepower cannot score on the powerplay. Crazy, because of the skill players they have on the team, they cannot convert one powerplay opportunity. Good for the Bruins, as it was Daniel Girardi of the Rangers who scored the last powerplay goal against the Bruins. Interesting stat.
  • Tuukka Rask, what more can I say about him that hasn’t been said. Sure he has a solid defense around him, and sure that helps a lot. But, Tuukka Rask has come up big for the Bruins where they needed him the most. After an inconsistent first round, Tukka Rask is 10-2, with a 1.42GAA, a .959 SV% with 3 shutouts. His 17 GA in 12 games matches the total amount of goals he gave up the ENTIRE first round. Someone turned on their jets.
  • The Bruins are downright scary, solid 4 line play, strong defensive pairs, and a solid goaltender. The Blackhawks while having the same solid 4 lines, are missing their big players in key situations, and it comes down to the poor post season that Johnathan Toews is having. Toews needs to step up his game if the Blackhawks expect to win this series. Pucks from his stick NEED to go in the net.
  • Jaromir Jagr probably had his best chances of the playoffs this game, yet he STILL could not bury one past Corey Crawford, who for the most part was lucky that only 2 goals went past him. Jagr will eventually get a goal, but he’s helping the team create and generate offense, as his pass setting up the Patrice Bergeron goal was a nice set play.
The Blackhawks have to hope that Marian Hossa returns for game 4, or the same problems that existed in game 3 will continue over to game 4. But we need to see Toews perform, we need to see Kane perform consistently. These issues non withstanding, this has been an exciting and excellent Stanley Cup Final, and should continue as we go forward.

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