Even in the Bean: Game Three Preview

Tonight the Boston Bruins return home to take on the Chicago Blackhawks in a two-game homestand at the TD Garden. Each team has a win under their belt, and tonight will put someone in the lead in the quest for the Stanley Cup. Two games, and both have gone to overtime. Which leads me to ask how’s everyone doing?

(Credit: Flickr/ Slidingsideways)

With Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford remaining solid in net for both teams, it’s coming down to who’s offense can keep up with the fast pace. Both games have been decided by one goal and I have a feeling the rest of the series will produce similiar results.

Good Call Claude:
After coming back from a not-so-swell first period, Coach Claude Julien decided to switch up his lines in order to get on the board. The result ended up being the OT game winner. Julien put Daniel Paille onto the third line with Tyler Seguin, and Chris Kelly and that line would get credit for both goals the Bruins scored that night. Turns out something going off of a hunch is a good idea. I expect to see this line remain together tonight to try and make the magic happen two games in a row.

Blackhawks Back Off:
After winning Game One and going strong the first twenty minutes of Game Two, the Blackhawks seemed to lose steam. They scored in the first, but never again and let a slow starting Bruins team skate all over them. Turnovers led to goals and players that were supposed to keep pressure on the B’s weren’t putting in the 100%. If Chicago wants to regain momentum they’re going to have to do everything they didn’t do in the final 40 minutes of Saturday’s game.

Who’s Hot?
Kelly of the Bruins scored his first postseason goal of the year, ending a 17 game drought. It took him 19 shots but finally one made it into the net. Patrick Sharp scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks making his post season goal tally nine. He’s now tied with David Krejci for League lead.

Puck drops tonight at 8pm on NBCSN!

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