Blackhawks report card: Game 2
Game 2 Report Card: Boston Bruins 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1
It started out a solid "A" after a dominating first period, but the Hawks went the other way on offense as the night progressed. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa combined for 11 shots in the first period, and they finished with 14 combined for the game. In fact the Hawks had just 15 shots total after the first period, and remember this game went to overtime. Again, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were quiet while Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw weren't able to bail them out this time. Shaw had a great chance in overtime -- about the only one for the Hawks -- but couldn't convert. That was half the story of the night as early chances weren't converted into goals and then the chances dried up.
The winning goal came on a nice counter play by the Bruins after a failed clear. Brent Seabrook couldn't close the gap or thwart Daniel Paille but overall the Hawks' defense played well, limiting the Bruins to just 28 shots on net. Boston had virtually no offense in the first period thanks in part to Hawks' defenders. And they kept David Krejci's line off the board, something they were unable to do in Game 1. But Jaromir Jagr picked up the slack as did Paille.
Obviously, Corey Crawford needed to make one more save than Tuukka Rask, and he wasn't able to, but he did his job for most of the night and the winning goal came off a great shot by Paille. The tying score came after Paille snuck around Nick Leddy, and in front of Crawford, with Chris Kelly finishing the chance. Crawford was fine if not spectacular. He didn't need to be on a night where Boston came hard late in the game. Crawford kept his team in the game for as long as he could.
The Hawks' penalty killers keep this grade above a D. The Bruins were 0 for 2 on the power play but the Hawks were 0 for 3. Maybe it's a cumulative criticism since their first attempt of the night wasn't bad and produced a couple of shots. But their second and third attempts were right back to being bad again. Unless something changes, the Hawks aren't winning this series using the man advantage as their springboard.