Preview : I Love That Dirty Water

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (13-6) @ Boston Bruins (13-5) Series tied 1-1 7pm - TD Garden - Boston, MA TV: NBCSN Radio: 720 AM WGN

Series Schedule/Results

Date Score W. Goal
Jun 26 '13
Jun 24 '13
Jun 22 '13
Jun 19 '13
Jun 17 '13
Jun 15 '13 BOS 2 at CHI 1 - OT D. Paille
Jun 12 '13 BOS 3 at CHI 4 - OT A. Shaw

The old saying goings that a playoff series doesn't really start until the road team wins a game. Well, we got ourselves one heck of series as we head to Boston tied at one victory apiece. The biggest news coming from this morning's practice is that Vikor Stalberg will make his return to lineup. He will take Brandon Bollig's place on the 4th line with Taters and Frogger. When asked what the Hawks need from Stalberg, Q replied; "I think we need some speed from him. I think we need energy. I think that he's a threat off the rush, in zone, defensively responsible. You know, bring energy." Q had the following to say when asked about his team's struggles in Game 3's; "Mentioned yesterday, I thought two of the three games we weren't happy with the way we played when we were up 2-0. In the case in Detroit, we thought we played the right way when it was 1-1. Whether we're comfortable at 2-0, or 1-1 having a better appetite, we got to make sure we are looking for a response the way things ended the latter part of last game. Knowing let's be ready, be excited about the challenge. Knowing you have to get something out of here, so let's go."

The Bruins are 3-0 in Game 3's this year and Boston coach Claude Julien had this to say about their Game 3 success; "I'm going to tell you the same thing that I told everybody when we asked those questions about not being able to close, this and that. Stats at this time of year don't mean a thing. No matter what we are, what they are, it's about winning this game tonight. I don't pay much attention to stats when it comes to that stuff. We've seen those things change. It just takes one game to change the stat. So I'm going to focus on what we need to do tonight."

Probable Blackhawks Lineup:

Fowards

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Andrew Shaw
Viktor Stalberg - Marcus Kruger - Michael Frolik

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Rozsival - Nick Leddy


Goaltender

Corey Crawford 13-6 1.72 GAA, .935 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Sharp 19 9 6 15 3 6 1 2
M. Hossa 19 7 8 15 8 2 3 2
P. Kane 19 6 9 15 3 6 0 1
B. Bickell 19 8 5 13 7 12 1 2
D. Keith 18 2 9 11 7 14 0 0

Probable Bruins Lineup:

Forwards

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Jaromir Jagr
Kaspars Daugavins - Rich Peverley - Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille - Chris Kelly - Shawn Thornton

Defensive Pairings

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Goaltender

Tuukka Rask 13-5, 1.73 GAA, .944 save %, 2 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
D. Krejci 18 9 14 23 15 10 1 2
N. Horton 18 7 11 18 22 10 2 3
M. Lucic 18 5 11 16 14 14 0 0
B. Marchand 18 4 9 13 7 16 0 1
P. Bergeron 18 6 6 12 4 13 2 2
Team Playoff Stats
HAWKS STATS BRUINS
19 GP 18
13 W 13
6 L 5
2 OT 2
0 P 0
0.684 P% 0.722
2.74 G/G 3.06
2 GA/G 1.94
12.3 PP% 16
93.6 PK% 87.9
34.2 S/G 36.9
29.4 SA/G 34.7
47.1 FO% 55.4
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