(BOSTON) — Tuukka Rask continued his hot play stopping all 28 shots the Chicago Blackhawks fired on him, as the Boston Bruins blank the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night, 2-0.
The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.
“He’s been focused since day one of the playoffs,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said when talking about Rask’s third shutout of the postseason. “You watch him on off days. …You watch him quiet, focused, calm. …Right now all his energy is put towards his game and how he needs to get his rest and relax so when the game starts he’s a focused individual. I’ve never seen a guy so calm and confident with the way he’s played.”
Another development in this series is the Bruins’ new line consisting of Daniel Paille, Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly. Julien put the three together in the second period of Game 2, and the line has now scored three of the Bruins’ last four goals. One of those goals occurred in the second period of the game when Daniel Paille scored the eventual game winner.
“We (Bruins) fed off their energy and the way they got the momentum for us with that huge goal,” Patrice Bergeron told the NHL Network when talking about the new line. “Even before that they had some great shifts. It’s obviously huge at this time of year to have that line going and we’re feeding off of them.”
Bergeron also made his mark on this game. He scored just seconds after a Bruins’ 5-on-3 advantage expired in the second period, when Jaromir Jagr slid a slick pass through the crease and between Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford right to Bergeron for the goal.
Corey Crawford turned in another good performance, making 33 saves in the loss.
Game 4 is set for Wednesday in Boston. The puck is set to drop at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire