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Bruins beat Blackhawks, lead Stanley Cup final

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask shut out the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Monday and got enough help from the Bruins' offense to do it without another exhausting overtime.

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After playing four extra periods in the first two games, the Bruins made an early night of it with second-period goals by Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron to win 2-0 and take a 2-1 lead.

"A win is a win. We'll take a win any day," said Rask, who stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the 2013 playoffs. "We'll take a regulation win, for sure."

Corey Crawford made 33 saves for the Blackhawks.

The teams split the first two games in Chicago, with the Blackhawks winning Game 1 in triple-overtime and the Bruins winning on Paille's goal in the first OT of the second game.

Monday, the intrigue came before the opening faceoff.

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara and Chicago forward Marian Hossa were injured before the game. Chara needed just some stitches after a collision with teammate Milan Lucic, Hossa was a late scratch with an unspecified injury.

Hossa, who has three game-winning goals in the playoffs this year, was tied for the team lead with 15 playoff points and was third on the Blackhawks with 17 goals during the regular season.

"I was as surprised as anybody else," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I can definitely tell you they lost a pretty important player on their roster, but that doesn't mean we change our game. I think it's important we stick with what we believe in."

Julien said Chara slipped and "had a little gash over his eye."

"Nothing serious," Julien said of his captain and No. 1 defenseman, who still led the team in ice time.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was less forthcoming with information on Hossa's malady, sticking to the standard NHL diagnosis: Upper body.

"We'll say day to day. We're hopeful he'll be ready for the next game," he said, adding that it did not happen during warmups, as had been reported on the team's Twitter account. "It was a game-time decision after the warmup there. That's when we made the call, after warmup."

It was a loss the Blackhawks couldn't afford.

Not with Rask stopping everything that came his way.

The Bruins' goalie, who was a backup to Conn Smythe-winner Tim Thomas in the team's 2011 Stanley Cup run, didn't face as difficult a test as in the first period of Game 2, when the Blackhawks sent 19 shots at him but managed just one goal. But he stymied them all game and got some help from the post on Bryan Bickell's shot with 42 seconds left in the game.

The puck caromed off the right post and the goal light flickered on briefly, but play continued for another 30 seconds before the whistle blew and the game degenerated into fisticuffs.

Jaromir Jagr got his 197th playoff point in 199 games, moving past Paul Coffey into fifth place.

Around the league: The Wild re-signed defenseman Marco Scandella, 23, to a two-year contract. He was eligible to be a restricted free agent.

Bruins 0 2 0 2
Blackhawks 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesDaugavins, Bos (roughing), 9:57; Thornton, Bos (roughing), 14:15.

Second Period1, Boston, Paille 4 (Kelly, Seguin), 2:13. 2, Boston, Bergeron 7 (Jagr, Chara), 14:05 (pp). PenaltiesBolland, Chi (cross-checking), 12:00; Hjalmarsson, Chi (tripping), 13:50; Bolland, Chi (tripping), 19:00.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesMcQuaid, Bos (tripping), 7:56; Bolland, Chi (tripping), 13:55; Krejci, Bos (hooking), 15:55; Bickell, Chi (roughing), 19:48; Shaw, Chi, major (fighting), 19:48; Chara, Bos, double minor (roughing), 19:48; Marchand, Bos, major (fighting), 19:48. Shots on GoalChicago 10-8-10—28. Boston 11-15-9—35. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 5; Boston 1 of 4. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 13-7-0 (35 shots-33 saves). Boston, Rask 14-5-0 (28-28). A17,565 (17,565). T2:28. Referees—Chris Rooney, Brad Watson. LinesmenBrian Murphy, Shane Heyer.

Stanley Cup final

bruins 2, BLACKHAWKS 1

Game 1: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 3 OT

Game 2: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 OT

Monday: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0

Wednesday: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8

Saturday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8

June 24: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8 *

June 26: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8 *

* If necessary

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