Paille Snaps Home the OT Winner, B's Tie the Series vs the Blackhawks
the Bruins want to stop playing overtime games in these playoffs is fine with
Following the triple OT marathon, last night it was the
Bruins who came out victorious in the extra period, avenging the deflating loss
suffered in Game 1.
Paillesnapped home his first
career OT goal, a wicked wrist-shot past Blackhawks goalieCory Crawfordat 13:48. He sealed the victory
for the Bruins and sent the series back to Boston tied at one game a piece.
Game 2 started out as badly as you could possibly imagine
for the Bruins. The opening 20 minutes was some of the worst hockey I've ever
seen this team play. The Blackhawks, on the other hand, came out right from
puck drop all systems go. The 'Hawks totaled 19 shots on Bruins goalieTuukka Raskin the first period.Read that again. 19 shots! For
some teams in the NHL that could pass as their total for a game.
The 'Hawks got on the board first after an intense sequence
in front ofRask's crease,
a moment where he made four to five point-blank saves, the puck leaked out to
the left-circle, where Patrick Sharptracked
it down, spun around and let loose aseeing-eye wrister that
somehow found its way past the mass of bodies in front of the net.
all the dominating play, the Blackhawks only scored that one goal. Their
inability to capitalize on their electrifying opening 20 minutes cost them
dearly in the end.
The B's weathered the storm and began to settle in at the
start of the second period. Deep into the frame, at 14:58, the B's got their
break-through. The newly-formed 3rd line ofChris
Kelly, Dan PailleandTyler Seguinproduced the goal after a monster
shift in the Hawks' end.
Much maligned in these playoffs,Kellywas the one to swoop in from the
blue-line and smash home a loose puck in front of the net following a
terrific shift fromthe (soon to be) OT heroDany PailleandTyler Seguin.
After a pinch at the blue-line from veteran
d-manAndrew Ference, SeguinandPaillekept the heat on the Hawks'Sharpand defensemenNick Leddy. Both
fought through multiple checks along the boards and weaved their way
through the traffic behind the net.
move aroundLeddygot it to the front of the net,
where it trickled throughPatrick
Kane'sskates and was waiting
forKellyto smash it home.
The Bruins carried most of the play through the third
period, and in overtime, it was their turn to flip on the turbo. The B's
recorded 8 SOG, one of them being the game-winner off the stick ofPaille,and the result of another
hard-skating shift from the new 3rd line.
Again, it wasAndrew
Ferencewho got it all
started. Following a faceoff win fromKelly,the puck came toFerencewho rifled in on net. The puck
came to 'Hawks d-manBrent
Seabrookwho attempted to
wire the puck along the boards and out. BlackhawkBrandon Bolligmisplayed the puck, which
allowed Adam McQuaidtokeep
it in the attacking zone. He flipped it onto Seguin,who looked up and sawPaillealone in the middle of the ice and
got it to him.
sends the series back to Boston tied at one. They now hold the advantage of
playing 3 of the next 5 games at the TD Garden, if need be. Game 3 will be
Monday night and Game 4 Wednesday night. The Bruins have not lost at home since
May 10 versus the Maple Leafs, which is crazy to think about. The building will
be electric. Lets see if the Bruins can ride the wave to another win in front
of their home crowd.
Tyler Seguinhad probably his best game of the year. He was active in
all three zones, backchecking and hitting players in the corners. The new line
generated plenty the two goals, along with plenty of scoring chances. Just using the eyeball test, the group looked way more dynamic than what the B's had in Game 1. And he was mic'd up for the game winner, which was pretty awesome to
RaskAGAIN saved the Bruins'
bacon. His performance in the first period alone was worthy of first-star
honors. He kept the Hawks off the board for the rest of the game afterSharp'sgoal. He was outstanding from
start to finish.
*The Bruins' D-core shut down the big-guns of the 'Hawks
for the second straight game. 'Hawks captain Jonathan Toewsand winger Marain Hossawere held pointless for the second
straight game. AlthoughSharpgot the Blackhawks' goal with an
assist from Kane,those
are the only 2 points betweenthe four players.
JagrWILL SCORE A GOAL IN THE
FINAL! It has been PAINFUL to watchJagrhit about a dozen posts during
this playoff run. He again rang the crossbar in overtime with a wicked
wrist-shot that went right overCrawford'sshoulder. Yes, his speed is an
issue in open ice, but his puck control along the boards is second-to-none in
this series. His imposing presence is needed.
As it has been proven over the years, the Bruins can come out of the gate flat, yet still weather the storm and eventually play into their groove and prevail in the end.
The win in Game 2, depending on how the series ends up for the B's, will go down in lore as one of the greatest road playoff victories in franchise history. Lets see what the Bruins can do in Game 3.