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Discuss: Blackhawks grind out 3-2 series lead

Jun 22, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

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Patrick Kane‘s hot start ended up being just enough for the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, as they edged the Boston Bruins 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. The Boston Bruins find themselves down for the second time in this 2013 Stanley Cup Final series.

Let’s discuss the game and the future of the series.

  • Let’s assume that Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews are both out for the rest of this round. Which team “benefits” the most from this situation? How would you juggle lines if you were the coaches? Which players shoulder the most pressure on each squad?
  • Kane now has four points in his last two games and seven goals in his last seven contests. He finished the 2010 Stanley Cup Final series on fire, too. Could he win the Conn Smythe with a strong finish to this series?
  • Speaking of Kane, whose facial hair/general playoff look is more amusing: his or Jaromir Jagr‘s Wolverine/”Hollywood Hulk Hogan” routine?
  • Corey Crawford allowed another goal to his glove side, the only puck that beat him on Saturday. So add one more to this cool infographic. But does it matter? Is it an overblown problem or something that could get Boston back into this thing?
  • Zdeno Chara has received some criticism and seemed to struggle in the first two periods before playing big in the final frame, including scoring the Bruins’ goal. Can he carry Boston to two straight wins?
  • Any officiating beefs? Air your grievances.
  • Do you think Chicago will wrap the series up in Boston on Monday? They won their 2010 championship in Philadelphia in Game 6.
  1. comeonnowguys - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    So close… still would be shocked if it doesn’t go 7.

    • polegojim - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      So true… hate that either team had to lose that one… great great hockey game.

      NO call is the RIGHT call… the same stuff was NOT being called all game long – the refs were consistent… and THAT is how it should be.

  2. barkar942 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    A penalty in the regular season should still be called with 30 seconds left in a Cup final game. Krug was tripped- where was the call?
    I can understand putting away the whistles to let them play, but when an uncalled trip finishes off a game, that is just plain wrong.
    Just for the record, I care not who wins. I am a Ranger fan.

    • loinstache - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Yeah I dislike both teams but let’s face it, no one wants officiating to be part of the end game “deciding point” discussion. That said Chicago was controlling play well near the end

    • Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      I feel the same, even though a 15-second PP wouldn’t have made much difference.

      • sabatimus - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        With the 6-on-4 that would’ve resulted, 15 seconds is an eternity.

    • stakex - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Fully agree. I am as big a fan for “let them play” hockey as you will find, but a penalty HAS to be called on that play. Anything that directly allows or prevents a goal and is an obvious penalty should be called that late in the game.

      Would it have made a difference? Who knows, but that’s not the point.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        How do you call a penalty on a play that directly allows a goal? And how do you know for sure the infraction prevented a goal? The refs would have to know the outcome of the play before that can make a call.

    • challer9 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      When I watched the replay it looked like the Blackhawks player clipped the puck before he hit Krug’s foot. If that was then it was a good no call.

      • sabatimus - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        I saw a foot come out and trip Krug.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      There should have been a call on the Krug trip. That said, the Bruins grabbing and tackling should have been called in the first period.

  3. flyingswede - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Will some one bring up the stats on calls for and calls against the Blackhawks? It has seemed very one sided.

  4. Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Say, these two teams are pretty entertaining. What’s up with not shaving during the playoffs? Some goofy superstition? Afraid to get a blade near their necks or what?Most of these guys look like the homeless down by the loading docks.

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      @anoesis, that’s all you have to offer, you are a complete idiot.

      • Anoesis - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        I figured everyone else would analyze the game to death so I went for an alternate take. Sorry my joke got your panties in a wad.

  5. thetruth1313 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Agreed the refs should let them play but with that said- That no call tripping on Krug was horrible but what can ya do. B’s need to win the next 2.

    Go Bruins!

    • Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      No call on Boychuk was just as bad.

  6. jhuck92 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    They’re winning it on Monday on the road in front of a hostile crowd. Again.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      And I’ll be in Beantown to watch them raise it!

  7. sabatimus - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Bruins got away with a lot of penalties early, and that was a big non-call on Krug being tripped, but the Hawks outplayed the B’s. As far as the bigger loss to their team, Bergeron is the obvious choice–Toews was a complete non-factor in the series until he scored a goal last game, and Bergeron is and has been one of the best playmakers in the league, and one of the best faceoff men if not the best.

    • ryanw822 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      the high stick on Lucic was pretty obvious…

      • sabatimus - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        Did I say it wasn’t?

    • micasa81 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      I’d say you’re right about Bergeron being the bigger loss in terms of individual contribution. The only thing that could make Toews a bigger loss is it seems like Chicago has less ability to mix up the lines than Boston. When Hossa missed game 3, Chicago’s forwards looked really bad. Maybe it was just gonna be a dud game for the Hawks regardless of whether Hossa was in – dunno.

  8. Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Somebody on the Bruins should think about maybe covering Kane.

    • 19to77 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Chara had his back to him on the second goal. I get that Bickell’s coming from behind, but forget about him, Patrick f*cking Kane alone in front is far more dangerous. Take Kane with a hit and the Bickell pass vanishes. SOMEBODY should have tracked him, anyway.

  9. ryanw822 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Well in such a tight, exciting series, its pretty clear Stern wants this to go 7. The Bulls got all the calls and the Celtics couldnt by a whistle tonight.

    oh, wrong sport.

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Stern doesn’t get hockey–the officials don’t behave like puppets on strings.

  10. rasal68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Was the hit on Toews not to the back of the head? Sure looked like it on my view

    • sabatimus - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Yeah it was. I’m unsure if Boychuck meant to hit him there, since Toews had lost an edge and was on his way down when contact was made.

  11. titansbro - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    No call on Boychuk? Hope you’re not talking about the hit on Toews. Watched it several times, initial contact was forearms to shoulder. Good hit.

    • princeton155 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Your blind,neck and head.if it was the other way around,there would be more whining Bruins fans then there are about the trip

  12. chicagobtech - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Jagr’s chin fuzz beats out Kane’s.
    Kane’s line on the score card beats out Jagr’s.
    Jagr can have all the awesome looking facial hair as long as the second line stays true.

  13. neelybourque778 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    No Bergeron = No Cup

    • princeton155 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Just heard the rumor,injured spleen

      • knowfishbluefish - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Wow, great hockey fans, 8 Peeps like Injured Spleen Rumor…Hawks might win if Bergy doesn’t play…F*@$s

  14. flyingswede - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Seriously how many power plays for and against Chicago in all of the playoffs, maybe Kane is scoring the refs some under age girls after the games

    • princeton155 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Give it up

      • princeton155 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        Have you not been paying attention to the Hawks PP?You would think the B’s would rather have them on one than 5 on 5.

  15. giantssb42champs - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Chara is underachieving in this series. Despite scoring tonight.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      He was more than deserving of the Conn Smythe going into this series. After these last two games, I may have to reconsider. But he still has another chance to redeem himself.

  16. northstarnic - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Disagree with the complaints about the tripping non-call. I may be wrong but I think he had the puck on his stick when it happened. Non-call is appropriate. Nice game by Crawford and Chicago D.

  17. philtration - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    This has been a great series but too bad it is now being pissed on by Boston fans whining about how they are somehow being “cheated” because they are now about to be eliminated.

    Crying does not get you a championship Boston fans.
    If that were true then you would have beaten the Yankees all those year when they were winning the real trophy instead of the “Why not us” one that you take so much pride in.

  18. edgewaterjoe - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Complain all you want about the alleged tripping call – the bottom line is that after the first 6-7 minutes of the third period the Bruins never seriously challenged Crawford the way they did at the start of the period. Hjallmersohn, Shaw, and Kane (Kane?!) all stood tall and prevented the momentum from flowing Boston’s way significantly.

    That said, with the Bergeron and Toews injuries, game six becomes a crapshoot between evenly matched teams. However, it does seem Chicago is better able to absorb the physicality of the Bruins than for Boston to match the Blackhawks’ speed and skill. That bodes well for Chicago.

  19. hammerhead5573 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Lost in all the calls or non calls and everything else which happened in this game is the continued strong play of Crawford. In fact I would say that for both goalies. Rask had to make the better of the saves tonight due to his defense playing pretty sloppy. But The Crawford we all saw last year and the Crawford we are seeing this year is leaps and bounds better.

  20. giantssb42champs - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    “…Boston fans whining…”
    ——————
    Nothing new, just move along son.

  21. indianhead1992 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    I’m a Hawks fan I think the Boychuck was a clean hit. The initial point of contact was at the shoulders but he did seem to drive to the head after point of contact. That’s just my judgement. I don’t think their should be penalty on that hit, the only thing that may be called is a charging but even that is a maybe. Watching it real time seemed like a dirty hit but it seems that all the officials had a good angle and made a good non call. I just hope P.B and J.T are back for Game 6 because that may take away from a clinching game. Also, that was a clear trip at the end, don’t know how the refs missed that one. Hockey is a game of mistakes by players, coaches, and yes, even refs.

  22. s2mikey - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    There have been a few shady calls against each team and a few non calls that went each teams way. Happens every playoff series. Plenty of missed chances for Boston earlier that could have kept them out of their predicament to begin with. Scoring one goal wasn’t going to cut it for Boston and that’s what’s caused the loss. Bergeron is a bigger loss than Toews is. I bet Boston takes game six and forces a seventh game which Chicago will win.

  23. 2difshoe - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Team speed, better skilled players and the ability to absorb the Bruins hits are the reason the Hawks are up in this series. They are not letting the hard checking and the aggressive play of the Bruins in their head….unlike the Penguins did.

    Game 6 is going to be insane. If the Hawks can negate Chara, good things may follow.

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