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Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013

For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, the Chicago Blackhawks are in the NHL finals.

They face the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

The Hawks were seeded #1 in the West and defeated the Minnesota Wild in five games, then the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to meet the L.A. Kings in the conference finals.

The Blackhawks beat the Kings in double overtime in Game 5.

The full schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final is:

Game 1: Wednesday, June 12, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Game 2: Saturday, June 15, at Chicago,  7 p.m.

Game 3: Monday, June 17, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Wednesday, June 19, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 5: Saturday, June 22, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Game 6: Monday, June 24, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 7: Wednesday, June 26, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

All times CT

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Sports
06/18/13

Blackhawks lose to the Bruins in Game 3

Dan Roan live in Boston after the game

By Brian Hamilton Tribune reporter

BOSTON — When the Stanley Cup Final is tied after two games, the winner of the third game historically goes on to win the whole thing 84 percent of the time.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ chances to win that game became precipitously more difficult in warmups Monday: Winger Marian Hossa suffered an injury that caused him to miss Game 3 at TD Garden.

A disjointed, semi-organized Hawks team survived the first period, but a Daniel Paille score and a Patrice Bergeron power play goal stood up for a 2-0 Bruins win at TD Garden and a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

When teams split the first two games of a final, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to hoist the Cup 84 percent of the time (21 of 25).

The Hawks’ Corey Crawford made a nice save on a Tyler Seguin shot from the slot, but the puck trickled out to the left of the net. There, Dave Bolland couldn’t contain the loose change, and Paille snagged it before rifling a shot past Crawford for the lead at the 2:13 mark.

Back-to-back penalties then doomed the Hawks on the second score. First, Dave Bolland was beaten badly down the ice by Paille and cross-checked the Bruins’ forward just to prevent a score. Then Niklas Hjalmarsson went off for tripping with 11 seconds left in the first penalty, producing a 5-on-3.

Technically, the 5-on-3 had ended when a pass slid through the crease and to Bergeron on a wide angle. But Bolland hadn’t caught up to the play and Bergeron beat Crawford for the 2-0 lead at the 14:05 mark.

Two more Hawks power plays failed to slice into the deficit in the third period, bringing it to a total of 19 straight without a score. An extra attacker on the ice failed to produce a score in the final two minutes, while the only other action was tussling between Bryan Bickell and Zdeno Chara and Andrew Shaw and Brad Marchand.

Hossa apparently suffered the injury during warmups and was a very late scratch, with Ben Smith taking his place in the lineup. Hossa had 15 points in 19 postseason games for the Hawks.

The lines were a jumble as a result, with Jonathan Toews centering Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik; Brandon Saad moving to a line with Michal Handzus and Patrick Kane; and Dave Bolland skating with Smith and Patrick Sharp.

The Bruins were chippy and dominated the pace of play early before the Hawks settled in somewhat, though two more disastrous power plays nearly plunged them into a hole.

The second, off a roughing penalty on the Bruins’ Shawn Thornton, featured multiple shorthanded rushes — including one in which Hawks goalie Corey Crawford had to skate out to the faceoff circle and perform a diving poke check on the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron, who had just picked the pocket of Patrick Kane.

Duncan Keith/Blackhawks Defenseman

Jonathan Toews/Blackhawks Captain

Corey Crawford/Blackhawks Goaltender

Patrick Sharp/Blackhawks Forward

Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull sat in the same seat he did in 2010 when Patrick Kane scored the goal that brought the Cup back to Chicago. He’s hoping it will be a lucky seat tonight too. Hull was signing autographs at Harry Caray’s at Navy Pier.  National Anthem singer Jim Cornelison was also at the restaurant.  He said he feels on top of the world when he sings at the United Center but his nerves also get frayed because after all he is a huge fan.

BOSTON — When the Stanley Cup Final is tied after two games, the winner of the third game historically goes on to win the whole thing 84 percent of the time.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ chances to win that game became precipitously more difficult in warmups Monday: Winger Marian Hossa suffered an injury that will cause him to miss Game 3 at TD Banknorth Garden.

Hossa is out, according to the final roster report submitted by the Hawks, and Ben Smith will take his place in the lineup. Hossa has 15 points in 19 postseason games for the Hawks.

This while the Hawks had a huge imperative to play to the level they believe they can.

“We have much more to give,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “Considering that, we’re in a good spot in the series. They’re going to be jumping, they’re going to have a lot of energy, but for us, we just have to play smart and stay calm and stay with it and keep working. No matter what happens, we’ll keep going back at them the way we have all playoffs.”

The series shifts to TD Banknorth Garden, which bodes well on several levels for the Bruins. First, the Bruins are already 3-0 in Game 3s this postseason. The Hawks entered at 0-3 in the third game of a series.

And home teams have won the last nine Game 3s in the Stanley Cup final, with the 2002 Red Wings the last road team to pull off a victory in that scenario.

“I believe in momentum,” Hawks winger Bryan Bickell said. “We need to get it early here tonight.”

bchamilton@tribune.com

Twitter @ChiTribHamilton

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Sports
06/17/13

Blackhawks hope to regain momentum in Game 3 tonight

As the Stanley Cup Final shifts to Boston Monday night for game 3, a bad omen emerges for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The third time has not been exactly been a charm for them during these playoffs.

Three times the Hawks have played game three’s during this postseason, and three times they have lost.

They head into game three with the series tied at one a piece after the Boston Bruins won 2-1 in overtime Saturday night at the United Center.

CT blackhawks-bruins015.JPGEvery period of this series has almost been a game in itself, the momentum shifts have been very dramatic.

The Hawks have had good energy to start both games.  They played a great 1st period on Saturday, but they’re looking for more consistency, especially being on the road now.

The Hawks need to win one of the next two games in Boston to take back home ice advantage.

Game three gets underway tonight at 7.

The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins tonight in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals and Blackhawks merchandise is flying off the shelves at Gunzo’s in the West Loop.

Wally “Gunzo” Humeniuk opened the first store in 1963 two years after he played back up goalie for the 1961 Stanley Cup Champs.  Their specialty is cool unique hats.

Over at Brendan’s Pub, the specialty is Bruins fans. Stephen Hill is a Boston transplant whose “second” favorite team is the Blackhawks. He expects his Lakeview East bar to be packed tonight with Bruins fans.

Game 3 starts at 7 p.m.

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