The Morning After:
- Last night, the Boston Bruins put the clamp down on the Chicago Blackhawks’ offense to the tune of a 2-0 shutout to take a 2-1 series lead. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in the shutout and Boston continued to play the excellent team defense we have seen from them throughout the playoffs. The shutout was Rask’s third of the playoffs and he now sports a ridiculous .946 Sv% and a 1.64 GAA.
- Daniel Paille followed up his overtime dramatics from game two by scoring the first goal in game three. He now has four playoff goals, four assists and three points in his last two games (two goals, one assist).
- Patrice Bergeron scored the second goal for the Bruins finishing off a beautiful feed from Jaromir Jagr on the power play. With such a tiny margin between these two teams, special teams could end up being the difference in the series. The Blackhawks have been abysmal on the man advantage all playoffs converting on just 7 out of 60 opportunities (11.6%) while going 0 for 9 in the first three games of the Finals.
- Marian Hossa was a last minute scratch for the Blackhawks. Their scorer was replaced with 24 year old Ben Smith who played in only one game for the Blackhawks this year, their season finale (a game in which he scored a goal). For all you Dale Tallon Heads out there, Smith was drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 draft with a pick that Tallon and the Hawks acquired from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Martin Lapointe.
- Another Ben Smith fun fact: a quick survey of his wikipedia page reveals that he is the second cousin of Monty Python member Eric Idle.
On A Side Note:
- No matter who wins these Finals, Rene Rancourtwins. Period.
- Both Nathan Horton for the Bruins and Michael Frolik for the Blackhawks got the start last night…and Panthers’ fans shed a collective tear.
- They played Flagpole Sitta at the Garden last night. That doesn’t mean anything…but it happened.
- There was no big Jay-Z album reveal like there was in game five of the NBA Finals. There was however a commercial for McDonalds’ new line of quarter pounders which is similarly life altering, the only difference is Rick Rubin was not featured in the Quarter Pounder Reveal (QPR for short) although I am sure he was involved in the process in some capacity.
- On a related note, here is what was trending on twitter in the US following period one last night: Voicefinal3, Team DB, 3words, Love and Hip Hop, MITB, Karlie Redd, K. Michelle, Rasheeda, and Stevie J. Take it away Allen:
America this is quite serious.
America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set.
America is this correct?
Around the League:
- There has been a lot of chatter about Stephen Weiss recently. Yesterday I summarized his UFA situation and gave my thoughts about his future with the Florida Panthers.
- In case you missed it, the Panthers traded defenseman T.J. Brennan to the Predators for forward Bobby Butler.
- For the best Bruins and Blackhawks coverage checkout The Rat Trick’s sister sites Blackhawk Up and Causeway Crowd.
- According to the Sun-Sentinel, Jonathan Huberdeau plans to resume skating in August following his off-season hip surgery.