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As the series shifted to Boston, both the Bruins and the Blackhawks were looking to make a statement and take a 2-1 lead in the series. The Bruins looked to correct their horrendous start from Saturday night as Chicago dominated them in the first 20 minutes. Things turned around when Claude Julien mixed up the 3rd and 4th lines by matching Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, and Tyler Seguin together which gave the Bruins a spark that they needed to tie the game and eventually win it in overtime.

The Bruins came into game 3 looking like a complete 180 of the team that began game 2. They outshot the Blackhawks 11-10 and played excellent defense. Throughout the whole night the Bruins did a good job of making sure Tuukka Rask got clean looks at every shot and they put scoring chances to sleep very easily. Once again, Daniel Paille put a shot past Corey Crawford to open up the scoring for the Bruins at 2:13 in the 2nd period to go up 1-0 in the game. In the past the two games this line has accounted for three very big goals as they have emerged as the X factor in this series.

The Bruins power play, which hasn’t scored in this series since it’s first power play shot, got a little help from a brief 5-on-3 that allowed Patrice Bergeron to get in front of the net and score his 7th goal of the playoffs. This put the Bruins up 2-0 and virtually put the game away for them. They Bruins had the pedal to the metal the whole night outshooting Chicago 35-28 as Tuukka Rask also held the Blackhawks scoreless. Once again neither Patrick Kane nor Jonathan Toews showed up again as they have 1 assist and 0 goals between them in this series. Game 4 is a must win for Chicago as they face going down 3-1 for the second time in the playoffs this year. The puck will drop for game 4 Wednesday night at 8:00 in Boston.

 





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