The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals are certainly up to expectations.
The series have been very much back and forth up until this point in the series up until today’s Game 3 where Tuukka Rask held the Chicago Blackhawks scoreless.
The Boston Bruins played exceptionally well in Game 3, generating two goals to win the game. Their biggest strong point, as usual, was on defense. The Bruins’ top defensive line was on point as usual, as Chara and Seidenberg were both key in shutting down Chicago’s high octane offense. The Bruins’ offensive players were also effective in the defensive zone, as Patrice Bergeron was instrumental in killing off all the penalties in Game 3. The Blackhawks went 0-5 on power plays, and have not scored a power play goal in the series.
A large part of the Bruins’ success was their faceoff numbers. They won 71% of the faceoffs, with 40 faceoffs to the Blackhawks’ lone 16. Patrice Bergeron led the team in this area, taking half of the team’s faceoffs (28) and winning 24 of them.
The Bruins outshot the Blackhawks 35-28 and out-hit them 31-25. Their two goals came from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron. Paille’s goal came from a nice grabbed rebound off of Crawford early in the second. Bergeron’s goal was generated by a great pass from Jagr right in front of the goal during a power play in the second.
The Boston Bruins have the upper hand, but the series is far from over. These two teams are fairly evenly matched, and have showed that they are a force to be dealt with when they are at their best.