Nobody knew what to expect from the Boston Bruins heading into the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, but if there’s anything to take away from the first three games of the series–it would be this team belongs right where they are.
The Bruins came through big time in Game 3 on Monday as they took advantage of a Blackhawks team playing without one of their star players in Marian Hossa as they cruised to a 2-0 win to take a 2-1 series lead. Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored the only goals of the game for the Bruins in the second period as this team will head into Game 4 even more confident considering how close they were to holding a 3-0 lead in this series.
Boston was basically in control for a majority of Game 1 in the series as they held on to a 3-1 lead at one point in the third period before letting Chicago back into the game and eventually losing in triple overtime. From a statistical standpoint, the Bruins dominated the Blackhawks in just about every category in Game 3, but there’s no question this game would have been different with Marian Hossa in the lineup.
For a player with 15 points in the playoffs, losing Hossa was not only a big surprise for Chicago before the game, but a major loss as well. Losing Hossa for Game 3 because he was hurt during warm ups was the last thing this Blackhawks team needed to deal with considering how much pressure there was heading into Monday night and now–the pressure is on them even more heading into Game 4 on Wednesday as the last thing they want to do is head back to Chicago trailing 3-1.
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