Blackhawks Dominated by Bruins in Game Three

The Blackhawks took a beating tonight in their 2-0 loss.

Patrice Bergeron scoresLet’s not beat around the bush. Let’s take our Blackhawks fan glasses off for a minute and tell it like it is. If you want a recap where the writer pours Vaseline on your chest and tells you it gets better, find a different website.

If this were a fight, the Bruins would have been handed a 10-7 round on the score cards after the second period. Maybe it was worse, that may have been Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton type of brutality. The Blackhawks were on their heels and the Bruins were swinging for the fences.

At the end of those twenty minutes, it might only have been a 2-0 lead, but the Bruins felt miles ahead. Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron both tallied to make it a two goal advantage and it should have been more. That’s hockey. Just like period one of game two, the Hawks played better than a 1-0 lead indicated, but tonight it carried over for the Bruins.

Momentum can be overstated in sports, particularly hockey, but on some occasions it’s evident. Call it whatever you want, the Hawks were playing uphill in Boston tonight. The Bruins outclassed them for the entire game. It was only Corey Crawford who kept this game interesting after the first.

Let’s focus on the one positive for a moment, because that’s all you have on this night. Crawford was fantastic. The first period said 11-10 Boston on shots on goal, but the chances were not equal. The Bruins had scoring chance after scoring chance, but Crawford came up big on more than one on one battles.

That’s all you can point to Hawks fans. The night started with the news of Hossa being injured in warmups and it just got worse from there. Nobody outside of the most optimistic fans who was clinging on to it’s hockey crazy stuff can happen thought that third period was going to see a comeback. The Bruins were the better team tonight and have been for the majority of the series.

If it wasn’t on the shot chart, the dominance could be seen at the faceoff circle. In the end faceoffs were 40-16. Bergeron won 24 faceoffs to go along with his goal. It was embarrassing how badly, the Hawks were beaten.

Outside of the third period of game one and the first period of game two, the Hawks have been outplayed in every period through three games (plus the additional three periods of the opener) and the series changed tonight.

Let’s not even discuss the power play. There are no words to describe the atrocity, the man advantage has been the past two weeks.

The series isn’t over, but it changed tonight. The Bruins took control. They have been the better team through three games. Game four could turn out completely different, but there is little reason to believe it will. This series is a battle of imposing will, and the Bruins are imposing there the majority of the time. The speed advantage has been neutralized.

Game four is about as must win as a non must win game can be. A 3-1 one advantage would be crippling. Boston is not Detroit. The Blackhawks need to answer next game. The team that broke records this season needs to respond.

The Bruins have owned the majority of the series. Does Coach Q and company have an answer?

@MidwayPat

 

Stats
No. Player Pos G A P +/- PIM S Hits BkS GvA TkA FO% TOI
2 D. Keith D 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 - 26:21
4 N. Hjalmarsson D 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 - 18:38
7 B. Seabrook D 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 1 - 22:09
8 N. Leddy D 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 14:53
10 P. Sharp L 0 0 0 -1 0 2 1 0 1 0 60% 17:12
16 M. Kruger C 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 29% 13:08
19 J. Toews C 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 42% 18:26
20 B. Saad L 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0% 19:28
25 V. Stalberg R 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 11:02
26 M. Handzus C 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0% 11:51
27 J. Oduya D 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 18:39
28 B. Smith R 0 0 0 -1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0% 10:23
29 B. Bickell L 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 0 0 0 - 11:43
32 M. Rozsival D 0 0 0 -1 0 0 3 1 0 0 - 19:20
36 D. Bolland C 0 0 0 -1 6 2 1 0 0 0 12% 12:29
65 A. Shaw R 0 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 2 0 40% 16:04
67 M. Frolik R 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 - 12:37
88 P. Kane R 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 - 21:05
No. Player EV PP SH Saves – Shots Sv% PIM TOI
30 R. Emery 0 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 0 - 0 0:00
50 C. Crawford (L) 13-7-2 23 – 24 9 – 10 1 – 1 33 – 35 .943 0 58:17

 

No. Player Pos G A P +/- PIM S Hits BkS GvA TkA FO% TOI
16 K. Daugavins L 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 1 - 6:30
17 M. Lucic L 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0% 18:23
18 N. Horton R 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 13:56
19 T. Seguin C 0 1 1 1 0 3 2 1 1 1 - 15:10
20 D. Paille L 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 - 14:11
21 A. Ference D 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 - 22:05
22 S. Thornton L 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 - 6:27
23 C. Kelly C 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 73% 18:29
33 Z. Chara D 0 1 1 0 4 1 3 1 1 0 - 25:47
37 P. Bergeron C 1 0 1 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 86% 19:49
44 D. Seidenberg D 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 2 0 - 25:04
46 D. Krejci C 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 3 0 1 44% 18:43
47 T. Krug D 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 - 11:45
49 R. Peverley C 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 67% 11:37
54 A. McQuaid D 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 - 11:11
55 J. Boychuk D 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 19:59
63 B. Marchand L 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 - 16:05
68 J. Jagr R 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 - 16:38
No. Player EV PP SH Saves – Shots Sv% PIM TOI
35 A. Khudobin 0 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 0 - 0 0:00
40 T. Rask (W) 14-5-2 23 – 23 4 – 4 1 – 1 28 – 28 1.000 0 60:00