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3 KEYS: To the Blackhawks’ Game 3 loss

THREE KEYS to the Game 3 loss

1. the loss of 81

Losing a star like Marian Hossa always has a trickle-down effect. Coach Joel Quenneville already was planning on altering his lines with Hossa after losing Game 2, but Hossa’s absence led to major changes and odd-looking lines, including Jonathan Toews seeing time with usual fourth-liners Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger. Ben Smith had good moments, but no one replaces Hossa. Hossa has an upper-body injury.

2. boston’s 3rd line

For the second consecutive game, the Bruins’ new-look third line of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin came through for coach Claude Julien. Paille cashed in again, lifting Hawks center Dave Bolland’s stick and firing in a goal immediately after. It gave the Bruins’ a 1-0 lead 2:13 into the second period. Seguin had the initial shot on goal, and Kelly jammed up defenseman Nick Leddy to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

3. the powerless play

The Hawks’ power play is reaching new lows. It doesn’t matter who’s on it. The Hawks actually are losing momentum when they have the man advantage, which is more than worrisome. The Hawks were 0-for-5 in Game 3 (one was just 11 seconds) and are 0-for-11 in the Final. Their best chance came when Duncan Keith was left all alone with goalie Tuukka Rask during their second power play, but neither Toews nor Andrew Shaw could get a stick on his pass. The Bruins generated more scoring chances short-handed.

Adam L. Jahns

Updated: August 17, 2013 3:13AM



THREE KEYS to the Game 3 loss

1. the loss of 81

Losing a star like Marian Hossa always has a trickle-down effect and losing him during the warmups only compounds things. Coach Joel Quenneville already was planning on altering his lines with Hossa after losing Game 2, but Hossa’s absence led to major changes and odd-looking lines, including Jonathan Toews seeing time with usual fourth-liners Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger. Ben Smith had good moments, but no one replaces Hossa.

2. boston’s 3rd line

For the second consecutive game, the Bruins’ new-look third line of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin came through for coach Claude Julien. Paille cashed in again, picking Hawks center Dave Bolland’s stick and firing in a goal immediately afterward. It gave the Bruins’ a 1-0 lead 2:13 into the second period. Seguin had the initial shot on goal, while Kelly jammed up defenseman Nick Leddy on the play to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

3. the powerless play

The Hawks’ power play is reaching new lows. It’s doesn’t matter who is on it. The Hawks are actually losing momentum when they have the man advantage now – which is more than worrisome. The Hawks were 0-for-5 in Game 3 (one was just 11 seconds) and are now 0-for-11 in the Final. Their best chance came when Duncan Keith was left all alone with goalie Tuukka Rask during their second power play, but neither Toews nor Andrew Shaw could get a stick on his pass. The Bruins generated more scoring chances short-handed.



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