CHICAGO – One day after Game 2 ended in overtime the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks began their trek to New England for Games 3 and 4. Boston managed a split in Chicago with a 2-1 win. The match started with Chicago playing most of the opening period in the Bruins’ zone. But Tuukka Rask stopped 18 of 19 shots and held the Hawks at bay until his teammates found their legs midway through the second period.
Whatever happens in Boston, the series will return to Chicago next week for Game5.
MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – JUNE 16, 2013
BOSTON 2, CHICAGO 1 (OT); series tied 1-1
Daniel Paille scored 13:48 into overtime to complete Boston’s comeback from an early deficit and even the series. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves, including 18 in the first period.
Boston forward Daniel Paille scored the game-winner, the first overtime goal of his playoff career (64 games). Paille has two game-winning goals in 18 games this postseason (also Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. NY Rangers). That equals his total from his last 246 regular-season games dating to 2008-09.
Paille also earned an assist on Chris Kelly’s game-tying goal, marking his second multi-point performance of the 2013 playoffs (1-1—2, Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. NY Rangers).
RASK BOUNCES BACK
After allowing four goals in Game 1, goaltender Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to backstop the Bruins to a victory in Game 2. Rask has yielded four goals on four occasions this postseason, but has bounced back from those performances to post a 4-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in the following games.
Rask has allowed no more than one goal in each of Boston’s last seven wins dating to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (two shutouts, five one-goal games). His save percentage in those games is .978 (five goals allowed on 223 shots against). (Elias)
KELLY ENDS DROUGHTS
Boston forward Chris Kelly scored the tying goal at 14:58 of the second period to break a 22-game drought that dated to April 17 (five regular-season games, 17 playoff games). Kelly also snapped a 23-game postseason goal drought; his last goal in the playoffs came in Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, when he scored 1:18 into overtime to lift the Bruins over the Capitals.
SCORE FIRST, LOSE
The team that has scored first has lost each of the opening two games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. In the 2012 (Los Angeles-New Jersey, six games) and 2011 Final (Boston-Vancouver, seven games), the team that scored first won every game. This marks the first Stanley Cup Final with more than one victory by a team that did not score first since 2007, when three of the five games between Anaheim and Ottawa were won by the team that allowed the opening goal (two by the Ducks, one by the Senators). (Elias)
The Bruins have a League-high five wins this postseason when yielding the first goal (5-2). The only other team with a .500 or better record in that scenario is the Blackhawks, who are 4-3.
STANLEY CUP FINAL TRENDS
* This marks the first split in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final since 2004, when Calgary won the first game on the road and Tampa Bay came back to win Game 2. The Lightning eventually won that series in seven games.
* For the second consecutive year, Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final have been decided in extra time. Prior to 2012, it had been 61 years since the first two games of the Final required overtime. In the epic 1951 Stanley Cup Final, all five games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens went to extra time. The Maple Leafs won four of the five games to capture the Stanley Cup.
* The Bruins snapped the Blackhawks’ six-game home winning streak in improving to 6-3 away from TD Garden during the 2013 playoffs. Boston is the only club with a winning road record this postseason and has outscored opponents, 29-18, away from home.
* The Bruins are 10-2 in their last 12 games (since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals), with both losses coming in overtime. They have outscored opponents, 38-21, in that span.
* Boston’s victory broke a nine-game winning streak by home clubs in overtime games this postseason. Overall, home clubs are 19-7 (.731) in games decided in extra time.
* For the second time in as many games in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the winning club did not lead at any point in the game.
Game 2 of the Final marked the 26th overtime of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tied for the second-most in one postseason.
Most Overtime Games, One Playoff Year
28 — 1993 (85 games)
26 — 2001 (86 games) and 2013 (82 games*)
* through Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final
The Bruins did not allow a power-play goal in three Blackhawk opportunities during Game 2 and have killed off 22 consecutive penalties dating to May 25 (Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. NY Rangers), including all six Chicago opportunities through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins improved their penalty-killing percentage in the 2013 playoffs to 87.9% (51-for-58), including an 89.3% mark on the road (25-for-28).
The Blackhawks successfully killed both Bruins power plays in Game 2 and still lead the League with a 93.7% penalty-kill rate during the postseason (59-for-63), including a 91.4% mark at home (32-for-35).
Boston forward Tyler Seguin was mic’d up when the Bruins celebrated the game-winning goal . . . Chicago forward Patrick Sharp scored his ninth goal of the playoffs, tying him with Boston’s David Krejci for the League lead . . . Boston forward Milan Lucic recorded a game-high 10 hits and now leads the NHL in that category during the postseason (82) . . . The Bruins were outshot, 19-4, through the first period of play, but held a 24-15 shot advantage the rest of the way.
TWITTER ME THIS
Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal)
This hockey game is awesome. Love playoff hockey, I’m not sure there is any sport to watch that’s as good. Always action.
Jack Welch (@jack_welch)
What a shot ,,Bruins in OT !!!!!!! Great move by Julian with that new line..figured in both goals
Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith)
The @NHLBruins win in OT, making it an even series! @NHLBlackhawks head to Boston next week for Game 3 of the #StanleyCup Finals!
John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik)
Happy I’m not a #hawks or #bruins fan. #54F
Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley)
Best national anthem in sports. Chicago Blackhawks. #getrowdy
Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson)
The #bruins and #blackhawks have now played more than the equivalent of three games. This could be the first best of eight final.
Craig Custance (@CraigCustance)
Jagr recommends those with bad hearts shouldn’t watch this series: “Old people don’t watch it because you might die just watching.”
The NHL announced the winners of its final five regular-season awards prior to Game 2. The full list of award winners from the 2012-13 regular season:
Art Ross Trophy: Martin St. Louis (TB)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Josh Harding (MIN)
Calder Memorial Trophy: Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA)
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Jonathan Toews (CHI)
Hart Memorial Trophy: Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
Jack Adams Award: Paul MacLean (OTT)
James Norris Memorial Trophy: P.K. Subban (MTL)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Martin St. Louis (TB)
Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone: Daniel Alfredsson (OTT)
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy: Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
NHL Foundation Player Award: Henrik Zetterberg (DET)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award: Ray Shero (PIT)
Presidents’ Trophy: Chicago Blackhawks
Ted Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
Vezina Trophy: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)
William M. Jennings Trophy: Corey Crawford, Ray Emery (CHI)
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
Chicago @ Boston, Game 3, series tied 1-1, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, NBCSN, CBC, RDS