The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0, in Game 3 Monday night, and now hold the 2-1 series lead in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron stepped up to boost the Bruins to victory.
The first period was physical from the start, which was to be expected on the Bruins' home ice. The Blackhawks, however, failed to capitalize on two power-play chances—extending Chicago's PP drought to 17—and the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.
The Bruins led the Blackhawks in shots, 11-10, as well as hits, 12-9, after one period.
That's not to mention their 17-5 advantage on faceoffs, which Patrice Bergeron was a big part of. The Boston Bruins tweeted after the period:
B's kill off 2 penalties (now 24 straight) & Bergeron goes 10/11 on the faceoff dot. Read 1st period snapshots: http://t.co/7Wi7vB95q2 ^BB— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 18, 2013
Bergy went 6-for-7 in the defensive zone, where CJ often relies on him for draws. 3-for-3 vs Toews, 3-for-3 vs Handzus. #likeclockwork ^CS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 18, 2013
Daniel Paille, the hero of Boston's 2-1 overtime victory in Game 2, opened the scoring with a slap shot at the 2:13 mark in the second period, off assists from Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin.
Before Game 2, Paille hadn't registered a point since Boston's Game 5 win over the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston quipped:
You can't stop Daniel Paille. You can only hope to contain him.— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) June 18, 2013
Boston sports statistics enthusiast Michael Berger noted:
Bruins are 7-0 all-time when Daniel Paille scores a goal in the playoffs, including 3-0 this season.— Michael Berger (@MichaelSBerger) June 18, 2013
At the 12-minute mark, Chicago's Dave Bolland was given two minutes for cross-checking Chris Kelly. And with 10 seconds remaining on the power play, Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson was whistled for tripping Paille.
The Bruins didn't score on the 5-on-3, but they did score five seconds after it ended, with Bergeron swinging home a goal off assists from Jaromir Jagr and Zdeno Chara at the 14:05 mark.
Bergeron was clearly in the zone, as ESPN's Jeremy Lundblad noted:
Patrice Bergeron has a goal and is 16-for-18 on faceoffs... So that's pretty good.— Jeremy Lundblad (@JLundbladESPN) June 18, 2013
With one minute remaining in the second period, Bolland was whistled again, this time for tripping Johnny Boychuk. The Bruins got a couple shots off, but the period ended with a 2-0 Boston lead in front of a happy Boston crowd.
Boston's Adam McQuaid was given two minutes for tripping Marcus Kruger at 7:56 mark of the third, but, once again, the Blackhawks' struggles on the power play were highlighted, as they got off only one shot, which was blocked by defenseman Andrew Ference.
Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com quipped:
Blackhawks fans will live to one day tell their great-grandchildren they saw a Blackhawks power play goal and then they'll be put in a home.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 18, 2013
Who will win Game 4 at TD Garden?
Two minutes after Chicago escaped a Dave Bolland penalty relatively unscathed, David Krejci was whistled for hooking Brandon Saad at the 15:55 mark, offering the the Blackhawks another power-play opportunity.
The Blackhawks failed to convert yet again, making them 0-for-4 on the man advantage in their 2-0 loss. They were out-shot (35-28) and out-hit (31-25), and they lost 39 of 56 faceoffs.
The Blackhawks and Bruins resume battle in Game 4 Wednesday night at the TD Garden.