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NHL playoffs: 3 stories from Lightning-Blackhawks Game 3

06/09/2015 12:21 EDT | Updated 06/08/2016 05:59 EDT
The Tampa Bay Lightning stormed into the United Center in Chicago on Monday and defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final.

Here are three stories from Game 3:

Bishop starts, finishes 

Much of the talk prior to Game 3 surrounded the status of Lightning goalie Ben Bishop. There was speculation he was dealing with an injury serious enough to keep him out of action.

But after leaving Tampa's Game 2 victory twice for a reason that has still not been revealed, Bishop led his team on the ice and went the distance, making 36 saves. 

Although Bishop was especially mum about his condition, there were times during the game when is was tough not to think he was battling some sort of pain.

When asked during the game about why Bishop was slow to get up at times, Lightning coach Jon Cooper told NBC that it was a matter of Bishop, who stands six-foot-seven, being tall. 

Bizarre answers aside, Bishop delivered the performance that his teammates in front of him needed. 

Poking the bear

Perhaps sensing that Bishop might be in a fragile state, Chicago's Brandon Saad took a run at Tampa's netminder in the second period and was called for interference. 

Tough to argue with that call, nonetheless it drew a rather animated response from Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Bishop was shaken up and lay on the ice briefly, but he took the hit and kept going. 

Cedric the winner

The game appeared to turn in Chicago's favour just over four minutes into the third period when Saad atoned for his mistake to give the home side a 2-1 lead. 

Just 13 seconds later, though, Ondrej Palat responded for the Lightning to knot the score once again.

Cedric Paquette would end up having the final say with his goal at the 16:49 mark holding up as the decisive marker.

It also happened to be Paquette's first career playoff winner in 25 total games. He scored three game-winning goals during the regular season. 

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