Marian Hossa expected to return to Hawks lineup

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa answers a question from the media during a news...

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa answers a question from the media during a news conference prior to the Stanley Cup final. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

ROB LONGELY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 PM ET

BOSTON - The good news for the Chicago Blackhawks is that there won't be another Game 3 in these Stanley Cup playoffs.

On the other hand, the last team to beat the Bruins at the always jumping TD Garden was the Maple Leafs.

In what has been a back-and-forth series so far, the Hawks are clearly in a desperate spot for tonight's Game 4 here, trailing the best-of-seven Cup final, 2-1.

Monday's 2-0 loss marked the fourth consecutive Game 3 loss for the Hawks, who are the President's Trophy winners as the NHL's best regular-season team.

Coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa is expected to be back in the lineup. The forward missed Monday's game with an undisclosed injury.

If Chicago is going to make this a series, it is clear they will need some of their star players, such as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, to produce some offence.

Hawks captain Toews has just one goal these playoffs, and none in his past 10 games.

"Every waking moment it's something you think about," Toews said following the game-day skate.

As the cagey line juggling continues, Quenneville indicated he will move Toews and Kane back on a line with big winger Bryan Bickell in an attempt to shake things up.

While the Bruins certainly sense an opportunity to gain a stranglehold on the series, they aren't taking anything for granted. Both games in Chicago went into overtime, of course, and the Hawks rallied from a 3-1 series deficit against Detroit two rounds ago.

"I'm not looking at, 'We've got momentum now, we won the last two,'" Boston coach Claude Julien said. "I don't believe in that. (The Hawks) understand how important this game is and so do we."

The Bruins have been on a brilliant run since eliminating the Leafs in the first round, going 11-2 in their last 13 and not losing a game in regulation.

To boot, they haven’t allowed a goal in their last 186:28 of play at the Garden.

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