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Chicago Blackhawks: Three reasons Behind the Game 3 Loss

By Matt Barbato
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Despite a furious first period and a 2-1 lead early in the third period, the Chicago Blackhawks were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 and fell into a 2-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup final.

The Chicago Blackhawks  played arguably their best game of the series on home ice, but it just didn’t matter as Ondrej Palat banged home a rebound in the crease to seal the victory.

There are numerous reasons for Chicago’s stumble at the United Center, but here are the three biggest reasons the Chicago Blackhawks got beat.

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First period failure 

Nineteen shots, two missed empty nets and only one goal to show for a dominant period. The Blackhawks went into the dressing room tied 1-1 with the Bolts after giving up the first goal to Ryan Callahan just five minutes into the game.

The Blackhawks played a tremendous first period from there and it was men among boys for much of the first 20 minutes. Chicago was a handful in the first period, but only a Brad Richards slap shot that went off of Ben Bishop‘s glove was able to find the back of the net.

The Hawks exploded out of the gates, but failed to do much with it. That lack of execution ultimately cost them, as the chances greatly reduced in the latter two frames.

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