Morning After: Thoughts on Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals

Jun 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the overtime period in game two of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. The Bruins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

And now we got ourselves a series. Another overtime game, another overtime hero being made. This time its Daniel Paille of the Boston Bruins after his shot went high glove side over Corey Crawford giving the Bruins not only a 2-1 win, but also life in this series as it is now tied at 1.

Here are some thoughts from yours truly:

  • Boston came out looking flat against Chicago during the first period completely getting out played, out hit, out shot. It could of been a lot worse for the Bruins, but thanks to Tuukka Rask, it stayed right where it needed to be, and that was only a 1-0 game at the end of one.
  • The Blackhawks powerplay reminded me of the Rangers powerplay at times. They had trouble setting up, they had trouble getting a shot off, and they had trouble sustaining pressure in their zone. Yet, they’re powerplay actually is pretty decent, give credit where credit is due: Boston’s penalty kill. I won’t do that for them for the Rangers series though, because that powerplay the Ranges showcased was awful.
  • The second and third periods were much better hockey periods for the Bruins, as they slowly took over the game, and started getting back to their gameplan, and succeeded with a second period goal to tie the game at 1 by Chris Kelly, who got his first of the playoffs. Hard work pays off.
  • Claude Julien did some classic Tortorella stuff, ending up switching some of bottom six fowards around and putting Paille and Kelly with Tyler Seguin, that added more flash and more offensive opportunities that weren’t there at the beginning of the game, and we saw that line combine for 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). I think if Julien is smart (which he is), we’ll see that line tomorrow during game 3.
  • This first overtime period reminded me of game 1′s. Open, fast paced a lot of odd man rushes at both ends, and both goalies making spectacular saves.
  • A failed clearing attempt and a breakdown in the defensive end by the Chicago Blackhawks, and that’s how Daniel Paille wristed one past Corey Crawford.
And now we go back to a normal schedule, as Game 3 as I mentioned above is on Monday. The series shifts to Boston, and we all saw how loud Chicago was the first two games of the series, I expect Boston to be even louder come Monday. You can catch all the action of game 3 at 8PM on NBCSN. If you miss the game for whatever reason, you can check back the following morning, and read my thoughts of the game, and view the highlights.

Speaking of highlights, here they are:

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Topics: Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Chris Kelly, Claude Juilen, Corey Crawford, Daniel Paille, Patrick Sharp, Stanley Cup Finals, Tuukka Rask

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