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Falling dominoes set up 'Small Play' for Bruins

Wednesday, 06.19.2013 / 5:58 PM / Small Plays

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Falling dominoes set up 'Small Play' for Bruins
Visa presents "Small Plays," which looks at the little things during a game that turn into big results.

Visa presents "Small Plays" which looks at the little things during a game that turn into big results. Here is a recent example from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

Kelly sets off chain reaction: In the National Hockey League goals are rarely isolated incidents. Typically there is a process or a series of events that leads to a score, and in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final the series of events that broke a scoreless tie early in the second period was the result of several small plays by the Bruins. First forward Chris Kelly applied the forecheck on Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival behind the Chicago net, forcing a turnover that went up the boards to Daniel Paille. Paille centered the puck to Tyler Seguin, whose shot was turned aside by Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. As the rubber bounced into the corner Kelly gained position on Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, opening up space for Paille to pick the pocket of Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland, who had recovered the rebound. Paille then put the puck in the net, giving Boston a 1-0 lead and, eventually, the momentum of a 2-1 series edge in the Stanley Cup Final.

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