Working For A Living- Daniel Pallie’s goal at 13:48 of the first overtime period gave the Boston Bruins a come from behind 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. A full house at Chicago’s United Center of over 22,000 once again witnessed an intense back and forth battle as the two best teams in hockey battled for three periods to a 1-1 tie. The fans got their moneys worth as once again they were treated to over three and a half periods of wire to wire high stakes hockey. Both goalies again won the night for their respective teams as Tuukka Rask was on his game all night despite giving up a first period goal to the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp. Meanwhile Rask’s counterpart across the rink Corey Crawford held the fort for Chicago. The penalty kill units were also strong as the Blackhawks fended off three Boston power plays while the Bruins shut down two Chicago man advantages.
Dominance Not Capitalized Upon- Chicago will look back on this game and while they did many things well, they also had several missed scoring chances in the first period where they completely dominated the Bruins. The Blackhawks had a 19-4 shot advantage after just one period but only had Sharp’s tally to show for it. The Blackhawks carried this dominance into the second period however the scoring chances soon started to dry up. Meanwhile the Bruins would soon find their land legs and start to bring the game back towards their end of the ice. The Bruins would find the equalizer with just over five minutes remaining in the second period as Chris Kelly found the back of the net for the Bruins’ first goal over five periods dating back to Wednesday’s triple overtime game. The Bruins would see more scoring opportunities open up for themselves over the 25 minutes of play but were not able to capitalize thanks in large part to Crawford’s efforts in the net for Chicago.
Defense Never Rest- Chicago defensively was at the best in the first 30 minutes of the game while the Bruins would start to contain the Blackhawks as the game moved along. After the first period, the Bruins defensively shut down the Blackhawks offensive attacks allowing just nine shots on goal over the remainder of regulation time. The Bruins after being held to just four shots in the opening period would get eight shots on goal in the remaining second and third periods as well as the overtime. On that eighth shot in the overtime period, Paille buried the game winner. The series now heads to Boston for Game 3 and 4, with the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals to take place Monday Night (5pm PT/8pm ET). After two games (really three), two one goal wins for each team and both goalies playing at the top of their respective games one thing seems to be for certain. Hockey fans are in for quite a series.
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