Boston, MA – The first period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins passed without a goal.
It was all Boston at the beginning of the game as the team kept the pressure in the Chicago end, but was unable to cash in.
Corey Crawford made a pair of tough saves, including a right circle shot from Chris Kelly two minutes in, and a low shot from Patrice Bergeron just over four minutes in.
Chicago had just three shots through the first 10 minutes, but got the first power play of the game when Kaspars Daugavins threw an elbow to the head of Andrew Shaw and was whistled for roughing at 9:57.
The Boston penalty kill, though, did its job as it held Chicago to zero shots on the advantage.
Boston found itself shorthanded again after Shawn Thornton was called for roughing at 14:15, but most of the play during the shorthanded situation was played in the Chicago end, which included a short break from Brad Marchand that saw him lose the puck off his stick before getting a shot off.
Boston has killed off all eight Chicago power plays in the series.
Crawford made 11 saves in the frame while Tuukka Rask turned aside 10 shots from Chicago.
The Blackhawks are playing the game without forward Marian Hossa, who was a late scratch after reportedly being hit with the puck during warmups. He was replaced in the lineup by Ben Smith.
This best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1 after the teams split the first two games in Chicago, both of which were decided in overtime.