Tuukka Rask (left) makes a save in front of Jonathan Toews.
Boston, MA (Sports Network) -
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs to lead the Boston Bruins in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals from TD Garden.
After splitting a pair of overtime games in Chicago, Boston got second period goals from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron, then turned to its goaltender in the third period to preserve the lead for a 2-1 advantage in this best-of- seven series.
Chicago, meanwhile, has dropped the past two games after winning the opener in triple-overtime despite 33 saves from Corey Crawford on Monday.
Bruins back Rask to take Game 3
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
The Boston Bruins needed a stellar performance from their goaltender to take Game 2, but a complete team effort on Monday was what gave the B's their first lead of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Granted, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was superb once again in his team's 2-0 victory in Game 3, posting his third shutout of the playoffs with a 28-save showing. Still, this one was all about Boston skaters, unlike Saturday's Game 2 victory, when Rask helped steal a 2-1 overtime win for the Bruins.
Whether it's been Rask or the guys in front of him doing the heavy lifting, the important thing is the Bruins head into Game 4 with a 2-1 lead in this series. Even better, the way they've been able to build that edge must have allowed at least a small amount of doubt to creep into the Chicago locker room.