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The 2013 Stanley Cup Finalists

The 2013 Stanley Cup Finalists

BOSTON – The Chicago Blackhawks are about to put themselves in a position to the one in the last round versus the Detroit Red Wings. They are about to go down 3-1 to the Boston Bruins, if they don’t find some offense.

The Stanley Cup Final has been close but only because Chicago has failed to score on the power play and generated little offense on even strength.

The Bruins are not much better on offense but their defense has turned the trick and Tuukka Rask has been solid once again I net. Rask’s head coach, Claude Julien, has compared him to former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas from the last Cup-winning Boston team. High praise indeed.

The series needs a shot of excitement and some offence would do the trick.

 

MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – JUNE 19, 2013

 

 

SNEAK PEEK AT TONIGHT’S ACTION

Chicago @ Boston, Game 4, BOS leads 2-1, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, NBC, CBC, RDS

 

DID YOU KNOW?

* Since going to the best-of-seven format in 1939, teams leading the Final 2-1 have gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 83.0% of the time (39-8). (Elias)

 

* The Bruins have a 2-0 all-time record when holding a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks are 0-3 lifetime when trailing 2-1 in the Final.

 

* The Bruins are 11-2 in their last 13 games (since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals), with both losses coming in overtime. They have outscored opponents, 40-21, in that span.

 

* Since tying Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with 51 seconds remaining in the third period, the Bruins have trailed for just 57:43 of the 850:54 they’ve played (6.8%) and have not trailed by more than one goal in that stretch.

 

* The Bruins have won seven straight games at home, outscoring opponents, 21-10. They haven’t allowed a goal in their last 186:28 of play at TD Garden.

 

* The Bruins have won each of their four Stanley Cup Final games contested at TD Garden, outscoring the opposition, 19-3 (17-3 vs. Vancouver in 2011, 2-0 vs. Chicago in 2013).

 

GAME 4 NOTES

* The Bruins and Blackhawks both are 2-1 in Game 4s this postseason.

 

* The referees for tonight’s game are Dan O’Halloran (#13) and Wes McCauley (#4). The linesmen are Jay Sharrers (#57) and Pierre Racicot (#65).

 

ALL ABOUT TUUKKA

Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask hasn’t allowed a goal in the last 122:26 of play dating to the first period of Game 2. He leads all netminders in wins (14), goals-against average (1.64) and save percentage (.946) this postseason.

 

Rask’s save percentage (.9463, 617 SV/652 SA) also is slightly higher than Jonathan Quick’s record-setting mark (.9461, 509 SV/538 SA) from last year’s playoffs (minimum, 15 games). He has stopped 282-of-290 shots (.972) over his last eight games, posting a 6-2 record and three shutouts in that span.

 

Series-by-Series Breakdown:

ECQ vs. TOR: 4-3, 2.49 GAA, .923 SV%, 0 SO

ECS vs. NYR: 4-1, 1.86 GAA, .936 SV%, 0 SO

ECF vs. PIT: 4-0, 0.44 GAA, .985 SV%, 2 SO

SCF vs. CHI: 2-1, 1.22 GAA, .960 SV%, 1 SO

TOTALS: 14-5, 1.64 GAA, .946 SV%, 3 SO

 

HOSSA IN?

After being a surprise scratch for Game 3, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said forward Marian Hossa is “likely” to play in Game 4. Hossa is tied for the team lead in points (7-8—15) and game-winning goals (2) this postseason and also paces the club with three power-play scores.

 

PAI DAY

Boston forward Daniel Paille has scored the game-winning goal in consecutive games, becoming the first player since 2006 – and only the second in the last 17 years – to do so in the Stanley Cup Final (Edmonton’s Fernando Pisani, vs. Carolina in Games 5 and 6).

 

Paille has four goals, including three game-winners, in 19 games this postseason. He had four goals, none of which were game-winners, in 46 career playoff games entering 2013.

 

HOME DOMINANCE

Home teams have won a record 58 games this postseason (.699), surpassing the previous mark of 57 set in 92 games during the 1991 playoffs. The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1993, when they went 52‑33 (.612).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Boston has killed off 27 consecutive penalties dating to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, including all 11 Chicago opportunities through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins have an 88.9% penalty-kill rate during the 2013 playoffs (56-for-63), including an 88.6% mark at home (31-for-35).

 

Chicago has not scored a power-play goal in its last 20 chances dating to Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. The Blackhawks have an 11.3% power-play success rate this postseason (7-for-62), including a 3.7% mark on the road (1-for-27).

 

LIFE IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL

Chicago forward Bryan Bickell and Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid are chronicling their Stanley Cup Final experiences with blogs on NHL.com.

 

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