Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins Tie Series On Paille’s Overtime Winner (VIDEO)
Thankfully everyone watching game two of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals didn’t have to stay up until 1am. Instead the Boston Bruins were able to win the game in overtime, sending the series back to Boston tied at one. There is plenty of praise to go around in this recap; not because the B’s won this game, but because they did so after being absolutely dominated during the first half of regulation.
There is really no way to say it without putting it bluntly. The Bruins were completely dominated in the first period of game two, and had it not been for the outstanding play of Tuukka Rask, they would be down in the finals 2-0. Rask would finish the game without letting in another goal despite a goal review that will remain in infamy for Chicago fans. The Hawks believed they scored, but the referee blew the whistle dead and the play was nullified. Aside from these blemishes though, Rask was flawless.
Rask stopped 18 of 19 shots in the first period of game 2 while the guys in front of him only managed 4 shots on goal themselves. The Chicago Blackhawks absolutely blitzed the Bruins in the opening periods of last night’s game, but as it went on Boston was able to slowly crawl their way back into the game.
Chris Kelly scored Boston’s first goal of the night following an excellent display of fore-checking from the newly assembled third line. I say newly assembled because Clade Julien dismantled and reassembled his bottom six following the Patrick Sharp goal. Julien took Kaspars Daugavins and Rich Peverley off of the third line, and placed them on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton. I have been a big fan of Peverley over the last two seasons, but he looks completely lost, and if you read my recap of game one you know exactly how I feel about Daugavins.
Kelly and Daniel Paille were moved up onto the third line with Seguin, and the team saw immediate results. This line was dominate tonight, and I think this was Kelly’s best game all season. He has received some criticism for not meeting the lefty expectations his breakout season prior established for him. Despite being snake bitten in the scoring department; Kelly does all of the little things right that a team can appreciate, and fans can miss completely. He kills penalties, blocks shots, and leads by example on and off the ice. He was also a +2 on the night.
Tyler Seguin also had a really good game despite failing to score only his second goal of the postseason. Not only did he make an absolutely gorgeous pass to Dan Paille for the overtime game winner, but he constantly won puck battles all night. He also went into all of the dirty areas on the ice which he has yet to get credit for in the playoffs. Seguin had an assist, a +1, a hit, 2 blocked shots, and a rare takeaway.
Perhaps the night’s biggest star, other than Tuukka, was Daniel Paille. Paille to me is one of the most underrated players on the entire Bruins roster. He was absolutely robbed of the 7th Player Award because some pink hats stuffed the ballot box for their shiny new Dougie Hamilton to win in his rookie season. Paille scored the overtime game winner, and he set up the Bruins’ first goal on the night too. He was a +2 on the night as well, with 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and 1 takeaway to boot.
I should also make not of Adam McQuaid’s performance tonight. I said recently that he was stepping up in a big way in the playoffs for the B’s and tonight was another example. He started the play that turned into the overtime winner, and he punished the Hawks physically with 8 hits.
It is also worth noting that the Bruins defense has kept all of Chicago’s big guns quite. Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, and Patrick Kane have only a goal and 2 assists between all of them.
Here are a few other player notes from game two… Milan Lucic did not factor into the scoreboard tonight, but he did lay 10 hits tonight which was good for the team lead. Nathan Horton didn’t miss a step tonight despite the questions surrounding his ability to play in this game after leaving game one with an injury. Dennis Seidenberg blocked a team high 5 shots tonight in his team leading 31:00 minutes of ice time tonight. Jaromir Jagr had a lazy first period, but got better as the game went on, and he continued to set up his line mates with aplomb while taking a team high 5 shots on net. Jags is snake bitten like you read about, but I think he is going to break through in Boston. He hit the post in the overtime period after beating Corey Crawford clean.
Game three is in Boston on Monday the 17th. Hopefully the Bruins can build on this team win and take a series lead against the Hawks.
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