BOSTON -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins each have one win and five goals after playing nearly 186 minutes of hockey in the Stanley Cup Final. They've played enough minutes to fulfill three games and yet the series is as close on paper as Jaromir Jagr was to scoring early in overtime on Saturday night.
To further the metaphor, both teams are a proverbial puck off the crossbar away from owning a 2-0 lead going into Game 3 on Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). In reality, the Bruins are actually a Zdeno Chara shot off the post away from having the Blackhawks close to the brink.
They don't. That's hockey, or so they say.
"If you have a bad heart, you might not watch the game because you might get a heart attack," Jagr said. "For young people, you know it's exciting to watch. Old people, don't watch it because you might die just watching it."
Those who are watching -- young or old -- also know that despite the way this series has unfolded through two games at United Center, it's clearer than a brand new pane of Plexiglass that the Bruins and Blackhawks can barely hold on when the other team has momentum on its side.