May 21, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; The puck is shot wide by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (not pictured) against Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) during the third period in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Fated to Pretend: Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1 (Ducks lead series 2-1)

Box Score

Event Summary

War on Ice

Let’s take a trip in the way back machine to June 17, 2013. It was Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks or as it’s better known, the day Jonathan Toews centered the 4th line. The Hawks had 28 shots on goal in a 2-0 loss that gave the Bruins a 2-1 series lead.  Marian Hossa was a late scratch and the Hawks revealed prior to the game it was due to a upper body injury.

I mention this game because it marks the last time Joel Quenneville made roster decisions that defy any resemblance of logic.

Which takes us to today. With the Hawks and Ducks tied in the series at one game apiece and the Hawks looking to defend home ice, the decision was made to replace Teuvo Terravainen and Antoine Vermette with Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom. After the game, Quenneville said it was for fresh legs. So take that to mean…whatever.

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Come Out And Play – Game 3 – Ducks vs Hawks Preview, Pregame Thread, Student Loan Consolidation

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Game Time: 7:00PM
TV/Radio: NBCSN, CBC (Anglo), TVA (Franco), WGN-AM 720
Cohen Family Reunion: Anaheim Calling, Battle of California

As the series shifts back to the United Center and the Hawks play at home for the first time in 18 days, they bring with them the requisite split of the first two games on the road to put themselves in solid position as the series moves forward. And coming off the longest game in franchise history just 42 hours ago, both the Hawks and the Ducks will have their depth and endurance tested tonight.

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Beard Of The Day – May 21st – Jesse Keeler

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As half of the Canadian duo, noise masters Death From Above 1979, bassist Jesse Keeler consistently lays down thick, fuzzed out grooves that double as the actual melodies for their jams while sporting a full jet black beard. His beard is so impressive that it has appeared on both of the band’s album covers. DFA are known for their deafeningly loud shows, an environment that’s hopefully replicated tonight on West Madison.