Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been cooler than the other side of the pillow this postseason. In his first playoff run as the Boston’s true #1, all Rask has done is post a 13-5 record with a ridiculous 1.73 GAA (perhaps he teases Tim Thomas about his pedestrian 1.98 GAA in 2011). So the hockey “pundits” may argue which goalie had a more epic playoff performance when the dust settles, but there is no doubt that Tuukka is the unanimous winner when it comes to….fashion.
Tuukka is just one cool, calm & collected character, no bunkers in his future.
Bruins winger Tyler Seguin has taken a lot of heat for his lack of scoring during the playoffs. However, #19 is playing well in other areas of the game. He is playing well defensively and using his speed to create opportunities.
And he did just that with his new linemates Chris Kelly & Daniel Paille. Seguin figured in both goals, setting up the game winner.
As he and Bruins fans everywhere lost their minds as Paille found pay dirt.
Boston Bruins forward #20 Daniel Paille celebrates his game two overtime winner
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.