For the first time this series the team that netted the opening tally came away with the win and did it in regulation.
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville made several line changes throughout the first two games but made his biggest change minutes before puck drop, scratching winger Marian Hossa. Hossa suffered an undisclosed injury during warm-ups that saw Boston native Ben Smith join the team on the ice. Viktor Stalberg also rejoined the team Monday night as he replaced a healthy Brandon Bollig.
The new lines of the Hawks skated away unmarked in the first period tied 0-0 but in the second frame the Bruins came to life. Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron tallied the Bruins goals to give them a 2-0 victory and a 2-1 Stanley Cup Final series lead.
The sequence began with Hawks’ goaltender Corey Crawford recording a save of a Tyler Seguin shot only to have a rebound bounce to the left of the net. Dave Bolland looked to clear the puck but Paille lifted it past Crawford for the opening score to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at the 2:13 mark.
The second goal came right after a successful 5-on-3 penalty kill from the Hawks. Following a poor Hawks’ line change Paille skated into the offensive zone with Bolland trailing behind. Bolland then cross-checked Paille to prevent a second scoring chance for the Boston winger. With 1:49 killed off from the Bolland penalty Niklas Hjalmarsson joined Bolland in the box from a tripping call, producing an 11 second 5-on-3 for the Bruins.
Shortly after the 5-on-3 kill and still on the Hjalmarsson penalty Bergeron sent a slapshot passed Crawford to give the Bruins the 2-0 lead. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara dug the puck out and sent a pass to veteran Jaromir Jagr before Jagr slid a pass across the crease to Bergeron.
The third period saw the Hawks settle in with numerous shots on goal. The 2-0 victory gives Bruins’ net-minder Tuuka Rask his third shutout during the 2013 playoffs. Game 4 will be on Wednesday in Boston at 7 p.m. CT (NBC, CBC, RDS).
Topics: 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final, Ben Smith, Boston Bruins, Brandon Bollig, Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Daniel Paille, Dave Bolland, Jaromir Jagr, Marian Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Viktor Stalberg, Zdeno Chara