Marian Hossa was a late scratch for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, but I'm not even sure the team's co-points leader in these playoffs could saved them in a relatively easy 2-0 win for the Boston Bruins , who moved to within two wins of their second Cup in three years.
Daniel Paille, the savior of Game 2 , got on the board first for Boston, with a goal 2:13 into the second period. And that was all the offense Boston needed, thanks to another shutout from Tuukka Rask, who has stopped 282 of his last 290 shots, dating back to the Bruins' clinching win over New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. But just for good measure, Patrice Bergeron's power play goal late in the second sealed the win.
All of that being said, none of those guys made my three stars for the night. (If you haven't learned from Game 1 or Game 2 , this isn't your typical three stars post.) As for who did... read 'em and weep:
FIRST STAR: Home Ice Advantage
The Bruins ...