STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (13-5, 1.73 GAA, .944 Save %) vs. Crawford (13-6, 1.72 GAA, .935 Save %). Rask is 20-11 with a 2.08 GAA and .931 Save % with two shutouts in 31 career postseason games. Crawford is 18-14 with a 2.00 GAA and .926 Save % with two shutouts in 33 career postseason games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight’s Fan Banner Captains are Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers, and Jennifer Lemmerman, who are siblings of Sean Collier. Sean was an MIT Police Officer who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the City of Boston in a firefight with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Below is a recap of the Fan Banner Captains thus far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: J.P. and Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the marathon)
PIT, Game 4: William and Patricia Campbell (Their daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events)
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off in the postseason for the seventh time—first in the Stanley Cup Finals—with Boston holding a 5-1 lifetime series record. These teams have played 24 postseason games with Boston holding a 17-6-1 advantage and a 102-68 scoring edge. The Bruins are 9-3-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 8-3 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs. Boston won its first four series versus Chicago (1927, 1942, 1970, 1974) before falling to the Blackhawks in a best-of-three series in 1975.
GAME THREE COMPARISONS: The Bruins have had success in Games 3’s this postseason, posting a perfect 3-0 record (5-2 win at TOR, 2-1 win at NYR and a 1-0 win vs. PIT), while the Blackhawks Game 3 record stands at 0-3 (3-2 loss at MIN, 3-1 loss at DET and 3-1 loss at LAK).
STREAKING: Tyler Seguin enters Game 3 riding a two-game point streak having registered two assists during that span, including an assist on Daniel Paille’s game winning overtime goal in Game 2…The Bruins PK unit has killed off 22 straight penalties coming into tonight (one vs. NYR, 15 vs. PIT and six vs. CHI).
LUCIC-KREJCI-HORTON LINE PACING NHL: Entering tonight’s Game 2, the members of the Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton line are pacing the NHL in several statistical categories. Krejci leads the NHL in playoff goals, assists, and points with 9-14=23 totals, while Horton ranks second at 7-11=18, and Lucic third with 5-11=16. This trio also owns the top three spots in the postseason plus-minus department with Horton leading the way at plus-22, followed by Krejci at plus-15, and Lucic at plus-14.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Marian Hossa (7-8=15), Patrick Kane (6-9=15) and Patrick Sharp (9-6=15) lead the Blackhawks in scoring thus far in the 2013 playoffs with 15 points apiece… Sharp is currently tied for the lead league with nine goals this postseason…Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford ranks first the NHL with a 1.72 postseason GAA and ranks second in save percentage at .935… On June 14, Chicago forward Jonathan Toews was named the 2013 Selke Trophy winner… The Blackhawks captured the Presidents’ Trophy after posting a 36-7-5 regular season record, which set an NHL record for most points in a 48-game season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 8-for-50 (16.0%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 51-for-58 (87.9%, 4th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 7-for-57 (12.3%, 12th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 59-for-63 (93.6%, 1st NHL).
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