NHL Game Summary - Boston at Chicago|
(Saturday, June 15th)
Final Score: Boston 2, Chicago 1 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Daniel Paille scored at 13:48 of overtime to
give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the
Stanley Cup Finals.
A wraparound from behind the Chicago net along the right boards wasn't handled
by the Blackhawks' Brandon Bollig, and Boston's Adam McQuaid was able to push
the puck down to Tyler Seguin. From the mid-boards, Seguin fired the puck over
to the slot, where Paille ripped it home into the right corner for the win.
Paille also had the assist on Chris Kelly's goal that tied the contest in the
second period and Tuukka Rask was strong in a sloppy first period for Boston
and finished the game with 33 saves.
"If you look at our game I thought we weren't there at first," said Boston
head coach Claude Julien. "We started to get better as the game went on, but
Tuukka bailed us out. I told our guys that we have to show up for these games
from the start or we're going to get into trouble."
Patrick Sharp scored the only goal of the game for the Blackhawks in the first
period, and Corey Crawford made 26 stops in the loss.
Chicago had won Game 1 by a score of 4-3 in triple-overtime after rallying
from a two-goal deficit in the third period, but failed to repeat the magic as
the team lost for just the second time at home in 12 playoff games.
It was the second straight season that Games 1 and 2 were decided in an extra
session, as the Kings took two at New Jersey en route to last year's Cup
This series heads back to Boston for the next two games, with Game 3 set for
Monday night at TD Garden.
The game nearly ended just 1 1/2 minutes into overtime as Jaromir Jagr beat
Crawford with a wrister, but it rang off the crossbar and stayed out.
Crawford made nice stops later in the overtime as he turned aside a Milan
Lucic shot down low, then later made a save on a Nathan Horton one-timer from
Andrew Shaw, who scored the winner in the third overtime of Game 1, had a
chance on a one-timer from the right side on a rush, but Rask made the stop to
keep the game going.
The Blackhawks had the only goal of the first period on Sharp's ninth of the
Patrick Kane got the sequence started when he flew in on net from the right
side and got a backhander on net then put his own rebound on Rask again.
That started a mad flurry that saw Rask make two more saves, but Sharp
chased down the puck at the right circle and his turnaround shot found its
way through a maze and past a fallen Rask for a 1-0 lead with 8:38 left in the
A wraparound from Jonathan Toews just over a minute later was reviewed to see
if the puck crossed the line. It did apparently make its way across, but it
was after the whistle had blown and the on-ice call of no-goal stood.
"Well, we definitely were in survival mode there for a bit," said Rask. "It
looked like they had more guys out there than we did. They were bouncing on
every single puck in front of net, had a lot of chances. We definitely played
Boston continued to have trouble sustaining offensive pressure in the second
period until Kelly got the team on the board.
Paille made a nice move behind the Chicago net to get around a defender and
tried a wraparound that was stopped by Crawford, but the rebound came out
front and Kelly buried it with 5:02 to play.
"Not much needed to be said after that first period," said Kelly. "I think
Tuukka pointed out that was a pretty terrible period by our team. If it wasn't
for Tuukka, it would have been a lot worse. To a guy in there, I think we all
knew we had to go out and play better."
Dennis Seidenberg was called for a trip on Brandon Saad with 2:49 to play in
the second and Rask stopped a Dave Bolland shot then covered up the puck
as Kane threw it back out front.
Chicago caught a break as Paille picked off the puck and got it to Brad
Marchand, who skated in on net with a defender on him and was able to get a
shot off, but it caught the right post and stayed out.
A Johnny Oduya tripping call with 46 seconds to play gave the Bruins their
second power play of the game, but Crawford made a couple of stops on Jagr
before time expired in the frame.
"It's like the second period, I thought we lost the pace of the game on that
end of the rink," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "We had the
perfect start to the game, then we stopped doing what made us successful. We
stood around, they countered."
The two teams locked down on defense in the third period, combining for just
13 shots, eight of which came from Boston skaters.
Crawford was called upon to keep the game tied 3 1/2 minutes into the third
period as Jagr flew in down the right side and made a nifty move before
sending the puck over to the left wing. Marchand snapped a wrist shot on net,
but Crawford stopped the puck to keep the game deadlocked.
David Krejci then had a chance a few minutes later when he was clear in the
slot, but Crawford stopped that shot as well.
Chicago saw limited time in the Boston end and had no serious threats during
the frame as it headed to overtime.
Boston was 0-for-2 on the power play while Chicago went 0-for-3 ... Boston
moved to 6-3 on the road in the postseason ... This series marks the first
time Original Six franchises have met in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1979,
when Montreal defeated the New York Rangers in five games ... Boston beat
Vancouver in 2011 to win the Cup, while Chicago took down Philly the year
before to win it all ... Boston has won five of the six postseason meetings
06/16 00:42:32 ET