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What they’re saying in the Windy City: Tuukka Rask is really good, Bruins are outhitting Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews needs to step it up
Posted By Tim Healey On June 17, 2013 @ 1:09 pm In General | No Comments
Chicago sportswriters realized over the weekend what Bruins fans have known for quite some time: Tuukka Rask is really, really good.
Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune writes that Rask has been the Bruins’ “saving grace,” his 1.73 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in the playoffs a huge reason the Bruins have gotten this far. She credits Rask, who collected 33 saves Saturday’s Game 2 overtime win, with preventing the game from “spinning wildly out of the Bruins’ control.”
Count Tyler Seguin among those appreciative of the netminder’s performance.
“He shows on a consistent basis why we have so much confidence in him, but he also gives us more motivation to do it for him sometimes,” Seguin said. “Especially if you look at [Saturday's] game, it could have been 4-0 or 5-0 after the first. We weren’t ready. We were on our heels, and they were playing great. He kept us in the game.”
Kane quotes Rask, however, as staying his usual, humble — albeit tired after not sleeping much Saturday night — self.
“I don’t try to prove anything to anybody else but for myself and my teammates,” Rask said. “I always feel like I’m in a zone. … It’s nothing different. It’s just another game.”
The Tribune’s other coverage includes looking at the key matchup of Andrew Shaw and Brad Marchand , and assesses the Bruins playing much more physically  than their opponent. It also notes that the Blackhawks have yet to win a Game 3  this postseason, while the Bruins have yet to lose.
Steve Rosenbloom starts to come down hard on Chicago captain Jonathan Toews , who has just one goal in 19 playoff games going in Monday night’s matchup, and the Toronto-based Globe and Mail echoes that sentiment . The Tribune’s hockey writers also previewed Monday night’s Game 3 , joking that they may as well preview Game 7 instead — the series has been that tight.
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Rick Morrissey suggests the Stanley Cup finals’ winner may simply be whoever is in better shape . Additionally, healthy scratch Viktor Stalberg  may see the ice  at the expense of Brandon Bollig.
And from last week, a fun piece from Grantland  on what to expect should the Bruins and Blackhawks go to overtime again.
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 the key matchup of Andrew Shaw and Brad Marchand: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0617-spotlight-blackhawks-bruins-chicago-2-20130617,0,5974223.story
 Bruins playing much more physically: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0617-bits-blackhawks-bruins-chicago-2-20130617,0,6862104.story
 the Blackhawks have yet to win a Game 3: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0617-blackhawks-bruins-chicago-20130617,0,3554654.story
 starts to come down hard on Chicago captain Jonathan Toews: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/chi-chicago-blackhawks-jonathan-toews-rosenbloom-20130617,0,1030903.column
 echoes that sentiment: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/duhatschek-blackhawks-need-more-than-leadership-from-toews/article12590891/
 previewed Monday night’s Game 3: http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/secondscreen/chicago-tribune-live/index.html
 whoever is in better shape: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/20782812-419/morrissey-grueling-blackhawks-bruins-final-might-come-down-to-survival-of-fittest.html
 Viktor Stalberg: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/20783051-419/stalberg-might-replace-bollig-for-blackhawks-in-game-3.html
 a fun piece from Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/65451/the-25-stages-of-playoff-ot-hockey
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