Stanley Cup Stories: Bruins take control of final
Boston blanks Chicago for 2-1 series lead
A strange warmup preceded the Boston Bruins' 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night, and Daniel Paille is on a roll with another game-winning goal. This and more in the top stories from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final:
1. Boston’s Daniel Paille picked up where he left off in Chicago to kick start his team's 2-0 victory on home ice. The Bruins forward, who ended the last outing against the Blackhawks in overtime, opened the scoring early in the second period of Game 3 for the eventual game winner. Paille's father explains his son's timely contributions: "When you're hot, you're hot." The same could be said for Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask, who turned away 28 shots for his third shutout of the post-season. But it was Patrice Bergeron who earned first-star honours by scoring his seventh goal of the playoffs and dominating the faceoff circle, going 24-4. Boston now has history on its side as the series continues Wednesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET). Teams winning Game 3 after splitting the first two games of the final have taken the Stanley Cup 21 of 25 times since the best-of-seven format began in 1939.
2. For the first time this series there was no need to stay up late for overtime, but some unfortunate pre-game events had the hockey world tuned in early. Chicago suffered the biggest blow, as Marian Hossa was a late scratch. The Blackhawks' high-scoring forward left the ice during warmups with an upper-body injury he suffered prior to the pre-game skate. On the other side of the red line, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took a tumble and wiped out teammate Milan Lucic. Both players were fine to start the game, but Chara needed stitches above his eye after the collision. Hockey Night in Canada commentator Elliotte Friedman dubbed it the "most dangerous warmup ever," but Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall disagreed (remember this?). CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby has more on the Hossa-less Blackhawks.
3. These fans shared the Blackhawks' pain over losing Hossa, but it's unsure whether this fan shed tears of joy over this (double) good omen for the Bruins. NHLers also called the action on Twitter and this player showed signs of sudden selective memory loss.