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2013 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS at BOSTON BRUINS

With the Bruins and Blackhawks splitting a pair of overtime outcomes, the NHL Stanley Cup Finals now shifts to Boston for Monday’s Game 3.

Line: Boston -130, Chicago +110, Total: 5

Chicago’s Andrew Shaw was the hero in Game 1, as it was his knee that deflected the puck in the back of Boston’s net at 12:08 of the third overtime period. On Saturday, the Bruins got even when Tyler Seguin fed Daniel Paille, whose wrist shot at 13:48 of the first overtime beat Corey Crawford on the glove side. Boston was badly outplayed in the first period when Chicago held a 19-4 shots advantage and led 1-0, which should have been 2-0 if not for a controversial disallowed goal because a whistle had blown. However, the Bruins took over after the first intermission, with 24 shots on goal the rest of the way, compared to just 15 for the Blackhawks. Neither team capitalized on the power play — Chicago 0-for-3 and Boston 0-for-2 — and faceoffs were pretty even with the Bruins holding a slight 39-33 edge. Boston was the more physical team with 50 hits, compared to just 34 for the Blackhawks, but Chicago also had 17 takeaways, 13 more than its opponent. Boston is happy to return home where the team is 7-2 this postseason, while the Blackhawks are just 3-4 on the road in these playoffs. Both teams know how pivotal Monday’s contest is, especially considering the Game 3 winner in a Stanley Cup Finals series tied 1-1 has won 21 of 25 series (84%) since 1939.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (13-5, 1.73 GAA, .944 Sv Pct. in playoffs) has had a tremendous series so far, saving 92-of-97 shots (.948 Sv Pct.), including 33-of-34 shots in Game 2. He has led his team to six straight home wins, saving 199-of-209 shots (.952 Sv Pct.) during this home win streak. This includes turning aside 107-of-109 shots (.982 Sv Pct.) in the past three home games. The offensive stars in Game 2 for the Bruins were LW Daniel Paille (1 G, 1 A, +2 rating), C Chris Kelly (1 G, +2 rating) and C Tyler Seguin (1 A). D Adam McQuaid also had an assist on the overtime winner, blocked four shots and dished out eight hits, which was surpassed by only teammate LW Milan Lucic (10 hits). Blue-liners Dennis Seidenberg (31:00) and Zdeno Chara (30:58) were the only two Bruins that logged more than a half-hour on the ice. Seidenberg, who also skated for 48:36 of the marathon Game 1, blocked a game-high five shots in Game 2. Veteran RW Jaromir Jagr had a team-high five shots on goal, but still hasn’t scored a single goal in 18 games this postseason. C Rich Peverley won an impressive 9-of-11 faceoffs, but ran his skid of not tallying a single point to 15 straight games. RW Nathan Horton was questionable for Game 2 with an upper-body injury, but he was able to take 30 shifts totaling 21:29 on Saturday night. Horton (7 G, 11 A, +22 rating in playoffs), C David Krejci (9 G, 14 A, +15 rating in playoffs) and Lucic (5 G, 11 A, +14 rating in playoffs) have been the big scorers for Boston during the postseason.

Like Rask, Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford (13-6, 1.72 GAA, .935 Sv Pct. in playoffs) has also played very well in his first Stanley Cup Finals, saving 77-of-82 shots (.939 Sv Pct.). Chicago’s top line was certainly on its game. C Patrick Sharp (9 G, 6 A, +3 rating in playoffs) was the offensive star in Game 2, scoring the lone goal as one of his game-high-tying seven shots on net. RW Marian Hossa (7 G, 8 A, +8 rating in playoffs) also had seven shots on goal. RW Patrick Kane (6 G, 9 A, +3 rating in playoffs) and C Michal Handzus (2 G, 8 A, +5 rating in playoffs) had the assists on the Game 2 goal. Game 1 overtime goal scorer Andrew Shaw and D Brent Seabrook each delivered a team-best six hits on Saturday. D Duncan Keith blocked a team-high four shots and was once again the iron man with a team-high 32:09 of ice time, giving him an eye-popping 80:49 for the series so far. This marks the first 1-1 series start to a Stanley Cup Finals since 2004 between Tampa Bay and Calgary. That series was decided in seven games, with the Lightning prevailing.

Source: Statfox

 

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