When the best offense plays the best defense for a title in any sport, sparks always fly. That was the case yet again on Monday night in Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
After the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks each won a game they really shouldn’t have, Boston goalie Tuukka Rask absolutely shut down the most potent offensive attack in the NHL, stopping all 28 of Chicago’s shots for his third shutout of the playoffs.
On the flip side, Corey Crawford made 33 saves for the Hawks, but let two get by in the second period, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Now as the teams prepare for Game 4 in Boston with the Bruins up 2-1 in the series, that stolen contest in Chicago back in Game 2 is now critical. If the Hawks go back to the Windy City down 3-1, it’s going to be a whole lot tougher to come back than it was against the Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Semifinals.
We’ve got at least two more games to play and if they’re anything like the first three, it’s going to be a wild ride. But you can believe this: there will be more than just two more games.