Tonight marked game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final series and the Bruins looking to bounce back from a triple overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. Things started off slow, but towards the end of the second the Bruins seemed to have worked the kinks out and were playing hockey like we all know they are capable of. In added minutes, 13:48 to be exact, a new line change would be the deciding factor for the Bruins as they soared to new heights and won the game 2-1.
Coming as a surprise to some, Nathan Horton was in the starting line up tonight, despite leaving Wednesday’s game early with an apparent shoulder injury. Why? Because he’s a hockey player and because it’s the Cup. Game 2 began at a slow pace with no line changes for the Bruins as Torey Krug also remained in the line up proving that some mistakes are just that and that everybody makes them. The ‘Hawks dominated the play early on and after a handful of shots after a penalty on the Bruins expired, Chelsea Dagger ran through the arena as they managed to find a way to beat Rask for a 1-0 lead at 11:22 thanks to Patrick Sharp. Even after the goal was scored the Bruins had a hard time clearing the zone once again with a neutral zone turnover from, Torey Krug the Blackhawks had a wrap-around scoring opportunity from Jonathan Toews. Upon revision, it was deemed no goal thanks to quick action from Tuukka Rask and play resumed with Chicago leading shots 15-3 halfway through the first. Despite a late push from Boston, the Blackhawks went into the dressing rooms up 1-0 over the Bruins.
The second period brought even more turnovers and a lot of rushing from the Boston side of things. They needed to calm things down and revert back to smart and simple hockey. As the clock winded down the Bruins began to pinch and needed a surge. As the clock hit the final five minutes of the frame, Daniel Paille was able to get the puck from behind the net and get it in front to Chris Kelly who snapped it quick and tied the game at a goal a piece igniting energy on the Bruins bench. Go-ahead goal opportunity came in the final minute of the play with a rushing Brad Marchand that got taken down and the puck went off of the post and across the goal mouth. Through forty minutes, the Blackhawks still held the advantage on the shot clock with a 23-12 edge, but the score was tied at 1.
The third period brought back a familiar friend among Bruins fans as they came out with energy and finesse as Jaromir Jagr set up Brad Marchand for one of the best plays, if not the best) of the night as he shot a cross-ice pass out in front that Crawford somehow managed to stop. To be expected there was a lot of back and forth play through the final frame, thus resulting in yet another overtime period to try and decide a victor.
In the opening minutes Jaromir Jagr (having seemingly his best game all postseason) rang the puck off the post and out of play, letting out a frustrated yell. As the period carried on, the Bruins threw continuous shots on net hitting the cross bar, the sides and fanning on a couple of shots. The ‘Hawks had a couple of opportunities, but Rask stood tall and kept the Bruins in it. Around the 11:00 mark Tyler Seguin and company tried to bank in a rebound but Crawford, in Rask-like fashion, stood tall and kept his team in the game. Shortly after that, Brad Marchand went face-to-face with Crawford and unleashed a rising shot that deflected off of Duncan Keith and went out of play keeping the game tied with 7:38 on the clock. As the Bruins kept the pressure on, the game-changer would come from a new line formed by Claude. As Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille took the ice together, Seguin shot a pass across from left to right and Paille ripped a shot past the stick-side of Corey Crawford for the game-winning goal. The series now stands tied at 1 game a piece as the two teams head back to Boston for game 3 on Monday night.