Patrick Kane said it best after Boston defeated Chicago 2-1 in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals to even the series at one: last time Chicago allowed a team to tie the series at one (Detroit in the Conference Semifinals), it began a stretch of three straight losses.
The Blackhawks now find themselves in a near similar situation as they have dropped two straight to Boston after coming back in game one to take a 1-0 series lead. The difference this time around, however, is that Boston is a much different bear, pun intended, than Detroit.
The Bruins have been able to use their physical nature of play to take the Blackhawks out of their comfort zone on the ice.
Chicago has been unable to play its open-ice, fast-paced game that got them to the finals. Kane has been rendered near ineffective through three games, and team captain Jonathan Toews has been nonexistent on the score sheet.
The only real good news for the Blackhawks is that Marian Hossa, who missed game three due to an upper-body injury, is “likely” to play tonight and retake his spot on the team’s top line. One has to wonder though how healthy Hossa really is, and if he can be effective when playing at less than 100%.
For the Bruins, they have a hot goaltender in Tuuka Rask carrying the load. After posting his third shutout of the 2013 postseason on Monday, Rask now has a 1.66 goals against average and .960 save % in the finals.
He’s clearly on top of his game which means Chicago has its work cut out if it hopes to even the series at two games apiece.
If they can’t find an answer to the mystery that is Rask, then the Blackhawks will certainly find themselves hanging by a thread against a determined Boston team.
Game four truly is a must-win game for the Hawks. If they can’t pull out a win, can anyone really expect them to win three straight in this series?
What time do the Blackhawks and Bruins drop the puck? We’ve got all of the information you will need to know to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action.
Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Venue: TD Garden
Series Record: Boston leads series, 2-1
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Here is the schedule for the Bruins vs. Blackhawks best of seven series in the Eastern Conference Finals:
- Game 1 – Blackhawks win, 4-3, 3 OT
- Game 2 – Bruins win, 2-1 OT
- Game 3 – Bruins win, 2-0
- Game 4 – Wednesday, June 19th – Chicago @ Boston 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
- Game 5* – Saturday, June 22nd – Boston @ Chicago 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
- Game 6* – Monday, June 24th – Chicago @ Boston 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
- Game 7* – Wednesday, June 26th – Boston @ Chicago 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
- * if necessary
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