Daniel Paille evens Stanley Cup finals with overtime winner
|06.15.13 at 11:33 pm ET|
CHICAGO — Unlike Game 1, overtime was the Bruins’ friend on Saturday as Daniel Paille beat Corey Crawford with a wrist shot at 17:48 of the first overtime to even Stanley Cup finals with a 2-1 overtime win at United Center.
The Blackhawks dominated play early on, though they came out of the first period with just a 1-0 lead on a Patrick Sharp goal. Chris Kelly tied the game in the second period with his first goal of the playoffs and first point in 22 games, with Paille netting the game-winner in overtime for Boston.
Tuukka Rask made 33 saves on 34 shots, while Corey Crawford stopped 26 of Boston’s 28 shots.
The finals will now head to Boston, where the teams will play Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Wednesday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Good to see Tyler Seguin wake up, and he was relentless in his efforts to create turnovers. First, he lifted Sharp’s stick in the Blackhawks’ zone to start the possession that led to Kelly’s goal. He then chased down a puck that Crawford was playing behind the net and nearly forced a turnover and later made a nice play to knock down a Blackhawks pass in the third period. It has been all too noticeable that Seguin has not raised his game this postseason, but if he’s choosing to do it now, that can be big for the Bruins. Most importantly, Seguin had the primary assist on the game-winner.
- Chris Kelly on the scoresheet? You don’t say. This has been a very forgettable season for Kelly, who cashed in on a 20-goal campaign last season but put up a dud while also suffering a leg injury in the regular season. That 21-game pointless stretch dated back to April 17, which was the 41st game of the regular season.
- Fortunately for the B’s, Rask was at his best while the rest of the team was at its worst in the first period. He came up big early on by stopping a Toews bid against the Chara-Seidenberg pairing and also came through with a glove save on Nick Leddy from the left circle.
Zdeno Chara also helped prevent a goal in the first when Toews fed Marian Hossa after Dennis Seidenberg had broken his stick in the Blackhawks’ zone. As the Blackhawks drove to the net, Toews sent it across to Hossa in front, but Chara was able to get a stick on the puck to knock it away.
- Speaking of Rask and the Blackhawks not scoring, Chicago could have had a two-goal lead thanks to Marian Hossa knocking Rask’s pad to push the puck over the goal line following a save on a Toews wraparound. Replays showed that the puck crossed the line and the play was reviewed, but the whistle must have been blown prior to the puck crossing the line. With the way the game was going, Chicago could have pretty much sealed a win in the first period had they gotten a decent lead.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins were atrocious through the first two periods, spending minimal time in the Blackhawks’ zone and rarely possessing the puck. The Blackhawks had 25 of the first 30 shots attempted in the game, with Chicago having a 19-4 advantage in shots on goal after one. Jaromir Jagr was the only member of the Bruins’ top two lines with a shot on goal in the first period. The B’s were also bad in the neutral zones, with turnovers that led to scoring chances for Chicago.
- The B’s were 0-for-2 on the power play and are now 1-for-18 on the man advantage dating back to the start of the Eastern Conference finals. They were given a golden opportunity when Johnny Oduya took a tripping penalty in the final minute of the second period, but after getting a couple of Jaromir Jagr shots early on, they didn’t do much of anything in the minute-plus of power play time to open the third period.
- Jagr nearly ended it early in overtime on what would have been his first goal of the playoffs, but his shot that beat Crawford gloveside clanked off the post.