Coming into Game 3 of this Stanley Cup Final, the Chicago Blackhawks had never won the third game of their previous three series. If you thought that would change, you were quickly disappointed by the absolutely terrible way the Blackhawks played. They were easily outmatched by the Boston Bruins, who dominated the entire game and won 2-0.
The biggest detriment for the Blackhawks was the loss of Marian Hossa to an injury in warm-ups. It resulted in a severe scrambling of the lines that had Jonathan Toews playing with Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik to start the game. Although Joel Quenneville tried, his constant line changing to and the addition of Ben Smith to compensate for Hossa’s absence was no match for the Bruins.
Aside from that, the most glaring failure was, of course, the power play. It was so bad that Corey Crawford seemed to be the only one actually making an effort during them, poke checking Rich Peverley‘s breakaway chance way out in No Goalie’s Land during their power play for Shawn Thornton‘s roughing call. According to everyone, on Twitter, fans and hockey writers alike, the word used to best describe the power play in this game was “clownshoes”.
The only fight the Blackhawks seemed to show was in the third period with 11 seconds left. It came to Zdeno Chara taking down Bryan Bickell, with both given roughing penalties. Brad Marchand took on Andrew Shaw, and both were given fighting majors.
The Blackhawks cannot play like this and expect to win the series. Things need to change and do it quickly, or they’ll come up empty handed while the Bruins hoist the Cup again.