Bruins take 2-1 lead after Game 3 victory against Blackhawks
The Bruins came out victorious in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals and will take a 2-1 series lead heading into Wednesday nights pivotal Game 4 at the TD Garden in Boston. The Bruins came out aggressive early, outshooting the Blackhawks 7-3 in the opening 10 minutes and did not let up.
Daniel Paille broke the draw with a goal off great puck movement early in the 2nd period, and the Bruins didn't look back from there. Paille has been playing unbelievably well this series, as his line had produced 3 consecutive goals for the Bruins in the series.
Later in the 2nd, Patrice Bergeron extended the lead to 2-0 with a Powerplay goal just after a short 5 on 3 advantage had expired. Bergeron has been one of the best players on the ice for the entire playoffs, and he is continued his excellent play in the finals. He also may have a little bit of extra motivation after losing out on the Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward) to the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews. Bergeron was again phenomenal, leading the team in shifts with 31 and had a faceoff winning percentage of 85.2%.
That 2-0 lead was all goaltender Tuukka Rask needed as he continued his stellar play this postseason. After shutting out Pittsburgh twice in the Eastern Conference Finals, Rask has brought that form to the final series for Lord Stanley's Cup.
The Bruins outperformed Chicago in almost every statistical category, and continually stymied their powerplay. Now Boston holds a 2-1 series lead and if they can continue their quality play going forward, they have a great opportunity to lift the Cup for the 2nd time in 3 years.