Game 2 Reaction: Bruins 2, Hawks 1 (OT)

June, 15, 2013
6/15/13
11:52
PM ET


CHICAGO -- After having their worst start to a game in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Boston Bruins regrouped and responded with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Cup finals.

It only took one extra session this time, as Daniel Paille scored with 6:12 remaining in overtime to get the Bruins even in the series after Wednesday's 4-3 loss in triple overtime.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask bailed his team out and finished with 33 saves. Chris Kelly scored for Boston in the second period, after Chicago's Patrick Sharp netted the lone goal for the Blackhawks in the first. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 26 saves.

Chicago completely dominated the first period, outshooting the Bruins 19-4. The Blackhawks gained a 1-0 lead when Sharp scored at 11:22. Chicago peppered Rask time and again. Due to Rask's first-period performance, the Bruins were fortunate it was only a one-goal deficit.

Sharp's goal was the end result of a mad scramble in front of Rask, who made five consecutive saves before the tally.

The Blackhawks kept the pressure on and appeared to have scored their second goal of the game at 12:32 of the first period. After a lengthy review, it was determined the whistle had blown before Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa pushed Rask and the puck across the goal line.

Rask's first-period performance saved Boston's back end, and then in the second period the Bruins came to life and tied the game at 1-1.

Paille gained control on the forecheck behind the Chicago net, and after his dipsy-doodle move around Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, Crawford closed off the near post and stopped Paille's wrap-around attempt. The rebound trickled to the top of the crease, and Kelly crashed the net to tie it at 1-1 at 14:58. The tally was his first of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and his first point in 22 games.

Brad Marchand nearly gave Boston the lead when his short-handed bid hit the right post. He did draw a penalty on the play in the waning minutes of the period. Chicago managed only four shots in the second, while Boston generated eight.

When the third period began, the Bruins still had 1:14 remaining on the man advantage, but they couldn't capitalize.

The series shifts to Boston for Game 3 on Monday night at TD Garden.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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