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A quick whistle saved Boston from falling behind 2-0 in Game 2.
With a 2-0 win on Monday creating a 2-1 series lead, the Bruins looks like they're starting to dominate the Stanley Cup Final. But a small moment can make a huge impact on the momentum of a playoff series.
Think back to Game 2 in Chicago. The 'Hawks started the game with guns blazing, outshooting Boston 19-4 in the first period and taking a 1-0 lead on a Patrick Sharp goal. Just 70 seconds later, Marian Hossa was denied by a quick whistle as he pushed the puck and the pad of a sprawling Tuukka Rask across the goal line.
A 2-0 lead for the 'Hawks at that juncture could have spelled curtains for the Bruins in Game 2.
To a lesser extent, a turning point came in the third period of Game 3. With about nine minutes to go, it appeared that Patrice Bergeron had been whistled for shooting the puck over the glass in the defensive zone. The officials were conferring as the television broadcast went to a commercial break. When we returned, the zebras had agreed that Patrick Kane had, in fact, deflected the puck. No penalty.
Without the benefit of video replay, the officials have erred on these calls in other playoff series. Whether Bergeron deserved the penalty or not, Chicago lost out on a late chance to get back in the game with one of Boston's best killers in the box.
Hockey is a fast game with a small margin for error. One more small moment could be big enough to turn the tide back in Chicago's favor during Game 4 on Wednesday.
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