The Boston Bruins got second-period goals from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 and take a two-games-to-one lead in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the shutout at Boston’s TD Garden, preventing the Stanley Cup Final from having a third straight game go to overtime.
The Bruins will also host Game 4 of the best-of-seven championship series tomorrow. Boston has won seven straight home games stretching back to Game 7 of its first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, when the Bruins won 5-4 in overtime after erasing a 4-1 third-period deficit.
After a scoreless first period last night, the Bruins broke through two minutes, 13 seconds into the second as Paille collected a loose puck off a turnover and fired a 37-foot wrist shot over the glove of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.
Bergeron netted Boston’s goal about 12 minutes later and seconds after the Bruins’ 5-on-3 power play ended.
As Chicago’s Dave Bolland skated out of the penalty box, the Bruins’ Jaromir Jagr sent a pass across the mouth of the goal to Bergeron, who collected the puck and fired it into the net off the goalpost.
While the Bruins scored on one of their four power-play opportunities, the Blackhawks went 0-for-5 with a man advantage and have failed to score on their past 20 power-play chances.
Chicago’s Marian Hossa, whose 15 postseason points is tied for the team lead, was scratched from the Blackhawks’ lineup after being hit by a puck during pre-game warm-ups and suffering an undisclosed upper body injury. Hossa had three game-winning goals for the Blackhawks this postseason.
Chicago is now 0-4 in Game 3’s this postseason, while the Bruins are 4-0 in the third games of their playoff series.