Boston has a chance tonight to go back to Chicago 3-1 and put a stranglehold on this series. If Boston comes out the way they did Monday night then call it Johnny. They abused Chicago is every facet of the game in Game 3. Chicago looked defeated from the start. I know they're a dangerous team, but Boston is doing a fantastic job of limit their chances, especially after Game 2's first period barrage.
Shot totals by period:
Game 2, Period 1: 19 - 1 goal
Game 2, Period 2: 4
Game 2, Period 3: 5
Game 2, Overtime: 6
Game 3, Period 1: 10
Game 3, Period 2: 8
Game 3, Period 3: 10
Boston's defense has done a really good job of making sure that Chicago's shots are coming from outside of the faceoffs dots. It's really been a key to their success this series.
Also Patrick Kane is invisible, which makes me smile because fuck him. More on that later.
If I need something to start harping on for Boston to change, it's their discipline. So many stupid penalties in Game 3, but the referees were also terrible. I go back to the Shawn Thornton "roughing" peanlty when he grabbed Andrew Shaw (I think) in a scrum and got carted off. Later in the game, Johnny Oduya trips Nathan Horton with his leg, arm, stick and right side of his body and nothing is called - and the linesman is standing right there.
And through it all the Bruins walked out of Game 3 with a shutout and Chicago was sent back to their hotel with nothing but questions. Most of them are probably "Why is Marian Hossa such a bitch?" but still questions.
Speaking of Hossa - how weird is it that he walked into his locker room and told everyone he probably wouldn't be playing minutes before the game?
I know there was rumors of a groin problem. I know Grapes on 98.5 The Sports Hub yesterday said it could have been a wrist problem. I know the official explanation was "Upper body injury", but to then be able and play Game 4 48 hours later? Weird.
A couple of neat tidbits from John Buccigross:
Tuukka Rask has stopped 282 of 290 shots over last 8 games (.972 save pct). David Krejci leads 2013 postseason with 23 points #WrathOfConn— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) June 19, 2013
Tuukka Rask man.
Bruins Projected Lines
The same lines as Game 3. I wouldn't expect Claude to change anything.
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Jaromir Jagr
Tyler Seguin - Chris Kelly - Dan Paille
Shawn Thornton - Rich Peverley - Kaspars Nohandsgavins
Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk
Adam McQuaid - Torey Krug
Patrick Kane Is A Waste Of Sperm
You know, when I'm rich and famous and doing commercials I'm going to make sure that I don't have herpes on my mouth. I know that it's a weird concept for people to have - to not look like disease ridden prostitutes - but I would try my best to not do it.
Unlike on Patrick Kane, who probably pisses a strand of gonorrhea. He clearly doesn't mind the ridicule when it comes to shit like this.
Example: His Bauer commercial with Jonathan Toews.
Fast forward to about 1:00 in when the little shit starts talking. Oh, what's that on his lip?
I wonder what disgusting pig gave him that one.
I'm not going to lie, I wish I got CBC for their orgasmic intros. Seriously - watch this.