The Boston Bruins began the third period of Game 3 with a two-goal lead over the Chicago Blackhawks thanks to goals from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron in the second period. Boston played an efficient and dominant final period and protected their lead, and won the game by a final score of 2-0.
The best scoring chance for the Blackhawks came from Patrick Kane, who had to be frustrated after blowing this 3-on-1 opportunity:
The Bruins had the edge in shots in Game 3, 35-28, and won 71% of the faceoffs in the contest.
Let's take a look at the three big questions we were tracking in Game 3:
Who has more gas left in the tank?
The Bruins began the game with the expected home-ice rush and forced the Blackhawks back onto their heels. As the game wore on, the Bruins looked calm and professional, while the Blackhawks appeared tired, sloppy and frustrated.
Can Chicago crack the Boston penalty kill?
Not at all.
The Blackhawks power play, much like Audioslave, is a collection of proficient individuals producing a horrifying result.— Steve Lepore (@stevelepore) June 18, 2013
The Bruins killed all five of Chicago's power plays in Game 3, extending their PK success streak to 27.
Will Viktor Stalberg give the Blackhawks a spark?
There were no sparks to be found in the entire Chicago lineup, which looked ineffective and disjointed in the absence of Marian Hossa, who missed the game thanks to an injury suffered in pregame warmups.
Game 4 will take place in Boston on Wednesday.