Jun 18, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
The Bruins are killing their way through the Stanley Cup Final.
After a Game 3 victory in which they shutout Chicago 2-0 — the first shutout of the series — Boston looked back and saw a similar statistic to Games 1 and 2:
Zero power play goals allowed.
The Bruins were picture perfect on the penalty kill for the third straight game on Monday, nullifying all five Chicago power play attempts while holding the ‘Hawks to just four power play shots.
That’s right, four shots. In over eight minutes of PP time.
It was the latest in what’s been a virtual PK clinic from the B’s.
They’ve killed off all of Chicago’s 11 man advantages during this Cup Final, and their streak dates all the way back to the Eastern Conference finals, when they didn’t allow Pittsburgh to score a PPG on 15 attempts through four games.
The ‘Hawks sounded frustrated and out of answers when asked about their beleaguered power play following the contest.
“It’s frustrating,” defenseman Duncan Keith told ESPN. “We just need to go out and play, let our skill take over. It’s a fine line between winning the game and losing it. It just came down to a couple plays. If our power play scores one, it changes things.
“I know we’ve beat that to death, but just got to score a goal sooner or later.”
Easier said than done, though.
The Bruins take special pride in killing penalties and know how vital it can be to postseason success. In the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver, Boston killed 31 of 33 to silence the talented Canucks PP, eventually winning the series in seven games.
“Our penalty kill has to be at its best,” head coach Claude Julien explained. “It really got better as the playoffs went on. But we really picked it up against Pittsburgh for the same reasons, same kind of a dangerous power play.
“We’re playing the best hockey of the season right now. That’s what you’ve got to do to give yourself a chance to win a Stanley Cup.”
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