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Cullen: Bruins shut out Blackhawks; take 2-1 series lead

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Scott Cullen
6/17/2013 11:57:41 PM
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The Boston Bruins locked down the Chicago Blackhawks, taking a 2-0 decision, in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final, giving Boston a 2-1 lead in the series.

Patrice Bergeron scored the Bruins' second goal, recorded a game-high seven shots and won 24 of 28 faceoffs (85.7%), taking half of the game's total of 56 faceoffs.

Bergeron's goal was setup, on the power play (as a 5-on-3 was just expiring), by RW Jaromir Jagr. Jagr is still searching for his first goal of the playoffs, but has eight assists in 19 postseason games.

Boston G Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 shots he faced. Since the first round, Rask has allowed 17 goals in 844 minutes, a 1.21 goals against average and .959 save percentage. Eye-popping numbers against high quality playoff opposition.

Chicago's attack was hampered by the absence of RW Marian Hossa, who has an upper body injury and was ruled out after warmup. With no Hossa, Jonathan Toews' most common linemates in Game Three were Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik.

Toews did lead the Blackhawks with five shots on goal, but didn't score, leaving him with one goal in 63 shots (1.6%) in the playoffs. The three lowest shooting percentages in a playoff since 2000 have been recorded this year: Toews (1.6%), Bruins RW Tyler Seguin (1.5%) and Jagr (no goals on 55 shots).

To Seguin's credit, he's been more dangerous in the Final, recording three assists and 13 shots on goal in three games.

Bruins LW Dan Paille scored the first goal of the game, giving him four goals and eight points in the postseason.

While Blackhawks C Dave Bolland was a star in Game One, he's run into problems throughout the playoffs. Coming back from injury, Bolland has three points in 15 playoff games (two of which came in Game One of this series) and, after taking three minor penalties Monday night, he has 24 penalty minutes in the playoffs.

Chicago's power play was 0-for-5 in Game Three, making them 0-for-19 in the last six games. That's a major concern for the Blackhawks.

The other concern is how they got thumped on faceoffs in Game Three. Bergeron's efforts beat down Michal Handzus, who was zero for 10 on draws and Bolland was one for eight (12.5%).

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.

Bergeron and Crawford (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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