Blackhawks Game 3 Notes For Monday vs. Tampa

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* The Lightning’s 4-3 victory in Game 2 on Saturday evened the series at one game apiece and assures it’ll be the 16th consecutive Stanley Cup Final that does not result in a series sweep. The current stretch follows four straight finals that produced 4-0 results between 1995 and 1998. The longest previous streak without a finals sweep was seven consecutive years on two occasions (1953-59 and 1961-67)

* The teams winning Game 3 in Stanley Cup Finals that were tied, 1-1, have gone on to win 21 of 26 best-of-seven series. However, the Game 3 loser in such situations has captured the last two series, including the Lighting in 2003 (trailed Calgary, 2-1, but then won the series, 4-3).

* The Blackhawks have won all five of their games following losses in this year’s playoffs. They are the only team with a perfect record in such situations. Tampa Bay ranks second with an 8-1 record (.889) when coming off a loss in this postseason.

* Corey Crawford is 5-1 with a 1.94 GAA when playing at home in this year’s playoffs, which is a full goal less than his mark on the road (2.94 GAA). Crawford’s postseason record is a gaudy 24-5 at the United Center since the beginning of the 2013 playoffs, compared to just 13-15 away from home.

* After going 0-for-16 on the power play in their first four road games this postseason, the Lightning are 9-for-21 (42.9 percent) with the man advantage over their last six games away from Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay has allowed just 1.60 goals per game on the road in this year’s playoffs, roughly half its rate (3.17) at home.

* Andrei Vasilevskiy saved all five shots against him while playing in relief of Ben Bishop on Saturday, as the 20-year-old Vasilevskiy earned his first career postseason win. Vasilevskiy became the first goalie to win a finals game in a relief appearance since Pittsburgh’s Frank Pietrangelo did so in Game 5 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals versus Minnesota.

* Lightning center Tyler Johnson established a franchise record when he tallied his 13th goal of the postseason on Saturday, snapping a tie with Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards, who each scored 12 times in the 2004 playoffs. Johnson leads all skaters in the 2015 postseason with both 13 goals and 22 total points.


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