Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Bruins and Blackhawks meet in Game 3 on Monday night. The Bruins are -126 favorites over the Blackhawks with an over/under goal total set at 5.
It was another game where nothing came easy for either side but you’d have to imagine that Corey Crawford would like that last shot back. Crawford was beaten from the top of the slot on a shot from Daniel Paille that lifted the Bruins to a 2-1 victory and evened this best-of-seven series at a game apiece. Chris Kelly’s first goal of the playoffs came in the second period and evened the score at 1-1 after Patrick Sharp had given Chicago a 1-0 first period lead with his ninth. This game was all about Tuukka Rask keeping the Bruins in it after they were absolutely manhandled in the opening period. Chicago outshot Boston 19-4 in the first period and out attempted them 30-5 over the first 20 minutes. Rask surrendered the one goal to Sharp off a scramble in front but the Blackhawks could have easily had three or four goals in the period. To Boston’s credit they were able to regroup during the first intermission and came out looking like a different team the rest of the way. Each team failed with the man advantage and so far this series has played out pretty much like anyone would have expected.
These are two evenly matched clubs that really struggle on the power play but have great penalty kills and play excellent hockey five-on-five. Boston now has home ice advantage in their hands but they need to take Game 3 in order to make that to stand up. This one has all the makings of a series going the distance.
Boston Bruins -126 Chicago Blackhawks