BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have beaten the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored in the second period and Tuukka Rask posted his third shutout of the playoffs by turning aside 28 shots Monday night, moving the Bruins within two wins of their second NHL championship in three years.
The Blackhawks suffered a key loss moments before the game when high-scoring forward Marian Hossa was scratched from the lineup after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.
Bryan Bickell nearly scored for Chicago, but his shot hit the right post with 42 seconds left.
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Boston with the series shifting to Chicago on Saturday night.
BOSTON (AP) -- The bad news started for the Chicago Blackhawks before the puck dropped -- and it never got any better.
High-scoring Marian Hossa was a late scratch from the lineup after sustaining an upper body injury. Then the Blackhawks were beaten 2-0 by the Boston Bruins and fell behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa was day-to-day. After two overtime games -- a 4-3 Chicago win in three extra sessions and a 2-1 Boston win in one -- the Blackhawks offense was continually shackled by tight checking and strong goaltending by Tuukka Rask, who stopped 28 shots in his third.