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.