If you thought the Boston Bruins would still be reeling over their Game 1 loss in triple overtime, it appears we got it all backwards. THe Blackhawks haven’t really looked like the same team we saw show up for six periods to start this series and Boston has taken control of things in front of a home crowd and are now in a position to take the Blackhawks to the brink before this thing heads back to the Windy City.
Chicago lost Marian Hossa moments before the game started which proved to be a bigger loss than initially expected. But with Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins, the Blackhawks needed all the offense they could find and they failed to do that in Game 3.
The scoring all came in the second period for the Bruins as Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron picked up the only two goals in the game and Paille’s was really the only one the Bruins needed to win the game. The second period showed how dangerous putting yourself in a penalty kill situation can be as the Blackhawks allowed Bergeron’s goal while they were down a man on the ice.
Speaking of power plays, they’ve been a killer for the Blackhawks so far this series as Chicago fumbled away huge opportunities in the game while on a man advantage. This echoes what we’ve seen all series long and could end up being the thing that spoils Chicago’s hopes to take home the Stanley Cup.
Chicago struggled to matchup against physical teams this postseason and when they were knocked around they fell apart. That’s how the Wild stole a game from them, that’s how the Red Wings took the to the brink and even the Kings were able to drag a game into double OT in the Conference Finals after getting physical.
Their failure to do anything on the power play is killing them from within and if they can’t correct it against a team that’s already more physical than them and has a netminder than can clamp down on you, this series might swing in Boston’s direction quicker than we thought — if it hasn’t already.