Cup Check! Stanley Cup Final Game 3, June 8, 2015

Tuesday 09th, June 2015 / 11:14 Written by
Cup Check! Stanley Cup Final Game 3, June 8, 2015

It’s June 8th of 2015 and the Bolts/Hawks Stanley Cup Final starts off the night tied 1-1. Casey, Beth, and Christy are the whole reason there’s anything at all in this particular edition of Cup Check, and thank goodness for them.

Bishop is back in goal after his in-and-out shuffle in Game 2 and we here at TOH are super excited, rooting from opposite sides, and sitting on the edge of our seats.

(By the end of the first period, we all sat at the edge of our seats wondering if Bishop was going to fall over dead.)

At the end of the night, after a late-game surprise that ended the tie that seemed to be taking us to overtime, Tampa emerged victorious. So, Bishop, now that you got your W in this series, you’re definitely taking the next game off, right? RIGHT?!?

How about them details:

Goals:

– (TBL) Callahan at 5:09 in the 1st
– (CHI) Richards (PPG) at 14:22 in the 1st
– (CHI) Saad at 4:14 in the 3rd
– (TBL) Palat at 4:27 in the 3rd
– (TBL) Paquette at 16:49 in the 3rd

Goalies: Bishop stopped 36 of 38, Crawford stopped 29 of 32.

Crawford takes a VERY ill-advised stroll behind the goal.

Notables:

amazing photo of Callahan goal

Q gets some serious air on this Towel.

In response to Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper’s claim that Bishop was slow to get up because he’s 6’7″:

[At this point in the evening the professional catastrophe cleaners arrived to start trying to save TME’s basement which was covered in standing water from the mainline backing up. Yes, it was exactly as bad as it sounds. Thus this evening’s Cup Check Notables section is truncated. This is also why we’re not actually posting until a week later. Oops.]

Best:

Bish survived the night. Like, that’s it. That the best thing of the night. Yay Bish!

Worst:

Bolts go boom.

Also this BS:

ALL NIGHT.

Tampa’s power play left a lot to be desired, as their sole man advantage chance came and went with no goals—they failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 opportunity. The fact that they managed to get the job done without any power play goals is impressive, given the number of times that the ice tilted in Chicago’s favor at even strength. That doesn’t seem like a viable tactic that they can keep up for the rest of this series.

 

Blackhawks 2, Lightning 3, giving Tampa a 2-1 series lead.

This series continues Wednesday, June 10th at 8:00pm ET in Chicago.

 

Once the points were tallied and the soundbytes given The Other Half took a vote and we agree:

What impressed us: Not a lot, let’s be real.
What distressed us: WHY WAS BISH IN NET!? Look, TME said last game that his efforts to keep going was something to respect – not because “hockey tough” is even remotely okay, but because a guy trying that hard for his team, for his own dreams, is something to be admired. (So long as he didn’t hurt himself worse or make himself sicker, whichever it is.) I TAKE IT BACK. TME DID NOT EXPECT THEY WOULD DEFY ALL REASON AND PUT HIM BACK IN FOR THIS GAME. THAT IS NOT OKAY. Breaking your players in the postseason needs to STOP BEING A THING.

Sasha Davis
Managing Editor
Sasha is co-owner and Managing Editor of The Other Half. A runner and an avid hockey fan, after spending years in graphic design and accounting she turned her sights to her first true love and has spent the last year honing her editing skills on tech articles and short fiction. Sports writing is a whole new ballgame.

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