Stanley Cup Today: Big opportunity for Bruins

The Bruins can take a huge step toward their second Stanley Cup in three years if they beat the Blackhawks in Game 4 tonight at TD Garden (8 p.m., NBC). A win sets up a close-out game in Chicago on Saturday; a loss would guarantee the series returns to Boston on Monday for a Game 6.

It appears the Blackhawks will have Marian Hossa back in the lineup. Without him, Chicago’s offense suffered in Game 3, although the Bruins’ exceptional defense also had a lot to do with that as well.

Both teams will skate this morning at TD Garden, and the personnel on the ice then will give some hint as to who may be playing tonight.


Links from Chicago

The Chicago Tribune has more detail on the Hossa situation.

The Tribune’s sports staff also debated whether Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is being outcoached by the Bruins’ Claude Julien on a video feature.

Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times wonders whether the Blackhawks should be a little less relaxed than they appear to be.


What you may have missed

The Bruins’ Gregory Campbell, out since he broke his leg vs. the Penguins, spoke for the first time about completing his shift and his recovery process. “It hurt a little,” he said. Zuri Berry has video of his comments.

Obnoxious Boston Fan explains how art museums in Boston and Chicago have decided to thrown down the gloves.

Chad Finn says it was tough to pick just three stars in Game 3.’s Joe Haggerty has a good one about Bruin Brad Marchand accusing Chicago’s Andrew Shaw of eye-gouging and scratching him in game 3.


Hot on social

Nothing wrong with a case of Stanley Cup fever.


What’s coming

Boston Sports Live will include a segment on Game 4. Tune in at noon.

Zuri Berry will produce a Championship Today video after the morning skates that will be a Game 4 preview. Look for it in the mid-afternoon.


We’ll also do a live pregame show from TD Garden at 6 p.m., and we’ll have our usual live blog and fan chat together on a special live coverage page.

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