NHL Betting: Buoyant Bruins will beat Blackhawks again

We're shipping up to Boston for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the hometown Bruins will be in a buoyant mood after levelling the series with the Chicago Blackhawks at 1-1. 

Saturday's Game 2 again went to overtime but only 14 minutes were needed this time before Daniel Paille finished it for Boston. The odds to win overall are now dead even at 1.87. It's the Blackhawks who are under pressure as they will surely have to go out and snatch a road win either tonight or Wednesday.

One of the most surprising things about the two contests so far has been that both clubs have now been guilty of failing to convert after taking an early lead. 

Chicago had a mighty 19 shots in the first period which worryingly for them ended up being more than half of their eventual total on the night. 

During those twenty minutes the Hawks' quick transitional game was in full flow. Now it's a question of producing that for a complete game. 

As the focus is on them to respond, Joel Quenneville will be encouraging another quick start and therefore the 3.40 on Chicago to hold a first period lead could be good value. 

Marian Hossa has had 17 efforts alone in the series but has been left frustrated up to now. Having been that heavily involved, the Slovak is good value to find the net tonight at 3.50.

TD Garden will be rocking and I think thiswill inspire the Bruins to victory tonight at 2.30. As was the case against Pittsburgh in the last round, they are taking a minimal risk approach and it means Chicago have to earn every goal. 

Overtime remains a tempting option at 3.60 seeing as neither team has shown they will be capable of staying on top for an entire game. 

Best Bet: Boston Bruins to win at 2.30

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