STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 2: BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS
10:36 p.m. (CT) - Overtime Snapshots: BOS 2, CHI 1
DANIEL PAILLE WINS IT IN OT: After several scoring chances—and as many miraculous saves by Corey Crawford—the Bruins finally broke the deadlock and captured a huge, Game 2 win. Tyler Seguin carried the puck down to the half-wall and saucered a pass to Daniel Paille, who banked his second game-winner of the postseason in off the post at 13:48. This newly formed Paille-Kelly-Seguin line accounted for both of Boston’s goals tonight. The B’s and Hawks are now tied up at 1-1 as they head back to Boston for Game 3 on Monday night.
BRUINS CREATING CHANCES: Several Bruins have had tremendous scoring chances through the half of overtime. All three members of the Lucic-Horton-Krejci line had great looks on net—a rebound attempt from Krejci even landed on top of the net. Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly put shots on net, as did Daniel Paille and Jaromir Jagr. Despite these chances, we’re still scoreless in Chicago.
JAGR RATTLES THE POST: It didn’t take long for the Bruins to generate a scoring chance in this overtime period. Just 1:28 in, Jaromir Jagr took a feed from Brad Marchand in the slot and whipped a wrist shot from 37 feet away that smacked the post and deflected out of play.
10:01 p.m. (CT) - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CHI 1
BRUINS, BLACKHAWKS HEADED FOR OT: The Bruins and Blackhawks are headed to overtime. Again. After playing a marathon, three-OT game on Wednesday night, the B’s and Hawks need extra time to settle the score again. If this overtime period crosses the 12:10 mark, then these two teams will have played nine periods in a span of just three days. This is the second consecutive Stanley Cup Final in which Games 1 and 2 have gone to overtime.
B’S DOMINATING HAWKS IN HITS: Midway through the third period, the Bruins are outhitting the Blackhawks by a count of 42-20. Milan Lucic leads Boston with 10 hits, while Adam McQuaid has added seven, Brad Marchand five, and Shawn Thornton and Torey Krug three.
COREY CRAWFORD ROBS MARCHAND: Brad Marchand missed giving the Bruins the lead by mere inches in the second period when his breakaway chance hit the post. At 3:27, he was robbed again. Jaromir Jagr carried the puck deep into the Blackhawks’ end and flipped a nifty pass behind Brent Seabrook’s legs to Brad Marchand, who tried to beat Corey Crawford glove-side from 19 feet out. Crawford just got a piece of it with his glove, however, keeping the score tied at 1-1.
BLACKHAWKS KILL REST OF BRUINS’ PP: The Bruins entered the third period with 1:14 remaining on Johnny Oduya’s two-minute tripping minor, but they couldn’t muster much against the Blackhawks top-ranked penalty kill. Boston’s power play is now 1-for-5 in this series and 8-for-50 for the postseason.
9:05 p.m. (CT) - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CHI 1
B’S, HAWKS TIED 1-1 HEADING INTO THE THIRD: After getting outshot 19-4 in the first period, the Bruins turned the tide in the second period and outshot the Blackhawks 8-4. Chris Kelly delivered a much-needed, timely goal at 14:58, which knotted the game up at 1-1. The B’s head into the third period with new life and 1:14 remaining on a power play stemming from a tripping call on Johnny Oduya at 19:14.
SEIDENBERG SENT FOR TRIPPING: Dennis Seidenberg was called for tripping at 17:11, sending the Bruins’ penalty kill out for third time tonight. The Blackhawks’ PP failed to register a shot on net, and have now failed to do so twice in Game 2. Instead, it was Brad Marchand generating the best scoring chance of the two-minute minor. Daniel Paille intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and chipped a pass to Marchand, who hit the post as he drove hard to the net and was hit by Brent Seabrook. The Bruins have now killed 22 consecutive penalties.
CLAUDE JULIEN SHUFFLES LINES: Trying to light a spark for his team, Claude Julien has shuffled the Bruins’ lines. The B’s bench boss has Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly, and Daniel Paille skating together, while Kaspars Daugavins, Rich Peverley, and Shawn Thornton from another line. Paille-Kelly-Seguin line produced a goal in just its second shift together.
CHRIS KELLY KNOTS IT UP: Chris Kelly picked a good time to net his first goal of the postseason. At 14:58, Daniel Paille held the puck behind the Blackhawks net and started the scoring play. Paille deked a Chicago defenseman and swooped around the net, where he tried to tuck a backhander through Corey Crawford’s five-hole. Crawford fended it off with his blocked, but the rebound slid right to Chris Kelly, who buried the Bruins’ first goal of the night.
B’S PENALTY KILL IS STAYS STRONG: Boston’s penalty kill unit made its second appearance of the night at 8:15 into the second period as Johnny Boychuk was sent to the box for holding. The Bruins did a great job of preventing the Blackhawks from sustaining any pressure in the offensive zone and didn’t allow a single shot on net. By killing this penalty, the Bruins have now killed off 21 consecutive penalties. New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi is the last player to best the B’s when he scored in Game 5 of the ECSF.
BRUINS GET A POWER PLAY: The Bruins power play got its first chance of the night thanks to a tripping call on Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland at 1:19. Chicago’s penalty kill, which has been the NHL’s most proficient unit this postseason, was on its game and stifled the B’s man advantage. Tyler Seguin managed Boston’s only shot on net during the two-minute minor. The Bruins power play is now one-for-four this series.
8:12 p.m. (CT) - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, CHI 1
HAWKS LEAD B’S 1-0 AFTER THE FIRST: The first period is in the books, and the Blackhawks are taking a 1-0 lead into the dressing room. Chicago was firing on all cylinders in the first frame, outshooting Boston by a wide, 19-4 margin. Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp alone have combined for 11 shots on net. There are some positives for the Bruins to take from the first 20 minutes, though. Although the Hawks did put 19 shots on net, Tuukka Rask turned aside all but one and made some incredible stops along the way. The B’s are also outhitting the Hawks 21-9 and have seven blocked shots to Chicago’s zero. Boston is also 2-0 when trailing after the first period and 4-2 when the opponent scores first this postseason.
LUCIC, BOYCHUK BRINGING THE PHYSICALITY: Milan Lucic has provided the Bruins physical presence so far this game, leading both the Bruins and Blackhawks in the hits department with five. Not far behind is Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who has registered four himself 20 minutes into Game 2. In fact, the Bruins have registered 21 hits in the first period in comparison to Chicago's nine.
BLACKHAWKS OUTSHOOTING BRUINS: With just fewer than four minutes remaining in the first period, the Blackhawks are dominating the Bruins in the shots department. Chicago has already put 16 shots on net compared to Boston’s three. In fact, the Bruins have not recorded a shot on net since Corey Crawford robbed a Jaromir Jagr wrist shot at 9:12.
SHARP GIVES HAWKS 1-0 LEAD: A chaotic scramble broke out in front of the Bruins net at 10:55, and despite a solid effort by Tuukka Rask, the Blackhawks were able to net the game’s first goal and take a 1-0 lead. After Patrick Kane flipped a backhander on net that Rask couldn’t keep in his glove, Chicago rattled off five consecutive shots as Bruins and Blackhawks skaters scrambled for the puck. Eventually, the puck came out to Patrick Sharp at the left faceoff circle, and the Hawks forward buried a wrist shot into the back of the net from 32 feet away.
ANDREW FERENCE CALLED FOR TIRPPING: Bruins blueliner Andrew Ference was called for tripping at 6:51, giving the Blackhawks the first power play of the night. Chicago’s power play, which was just 7-for-54 entering Game 2, generated a handful of great chances. Marian Hossa had a nice look from the point, Duncan Keith couldn’t quite settle a rebound with an empty net in front of him, and Tuukka Rask denied Patrick Sharp on a chance right on the doorstep of the net. The Hawks ultimately couldn’t capitalize, though, and the Bruins penalty kill is now 48-for-56 for the postseason.
BRUINS PHYSICAL OUT OF THE GATE: With seven minutes of play in the books, the Bruins have already set a very physical tone to commence Game 2. Boston is already outhitting Chicago by a 10-3 mark. Both Adam McQuaid and Milan Lucic have recorded a pair of hits, while others including Kaspars Daugavins and Chris Kelly have chipped in as well.
6:30 p.m. (CT) - Pregame Notes: BOS VS CHI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (12-5, 1.78 GAA, .942 Save %) vs. Crawford (13-5, 1.73 GAA, .936 Save %). Rask is 19-11 with a 2.13 GAA and .930 Save % with two shutouts in 30 career postseason games. Crawford is 18-13 with a 2.01 GAA and .925 Save % with two shutouts in 32 career postseason games.
HORTON ACTIVE; LINEUPS UNCHANGED: Bruins forward Nathan Horton left Game 1 in the first overtime period and did not return, but he is active tonight and will skate alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic. With Horton in the fold, the B’s lineup is expected to retain its status quo. Similarly, based on pregame warm-ups, the Blackhawks will not make any changes to their lineup either.
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off in in the postseason for the seventh time—first in the Stanley Cup Finals—with Boston holding a 5-1 lifetime series record. These teams have played 23 postseason games with Boston holding a 16-6-1 advantage and a 100-67 scoring edge. The Bruins are 9-3-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 7-3 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs. Boston won its first four series versus Chicago (1927, 1942, 1970, 1974) before falling to the Blackhawks in a best-of-3 series in 1975.
GAME 1 MARATAHON SETS RECORDS: Game 1 between the Bruins and Blackhawks spanned 112:08 of total game time, becoming the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup Final history and the fourth longest game in Boston Bruins history. Wednesday’s game fell only 4:06 shy of becoming the longest game in SCF history, a mark set in Game 1 of the 1990 Cup Final between the Bruins and Edmonton Oilers.
BERGERON WINS KING CLANCY AWARD: On Friday, Bruins centerman Patrice Bergeron was named the winner of the 2013 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is annually awarded to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. To date, children from Children's Hospital Boston, the Cam Neely Foundation, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brother and Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay, Oak Square YMCA, Shriners Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, among others, have all participated in Patrice's Pals—Bergeron’s philanthropic organization.
STREAKING: Patrice Bergeron is the lone Bruin riding a point streak into tonight’s Game 2, having recorded at least one point in four consecutive games. During this span, Bergeron has netted three goals—including the game-winner in double-overtime of Boston’s Game 3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins—and logged two assists. Similarly, both David Krejci and Milan Lucic have recorded a point in four of their last five games.
BRUINS DEFENSEMEN PITCHING IN: The Bruins blue liners have accounted for 35 of the team’s 146 points (24.0%) this postseason, including 15 of its 53 goals (28.3%). Johnny Boychuk leads the way with five goals (2nd among NHL defensemen), while Zdeno Chara leads Boston’s D-men in points with 11 (T-3rd among NHL defensemen). Rookie Torey Krug has also contributed six points in 10 games, and Adam McQuaid delivered the game-winning goal in the Bruins’ series-clinching Game 4 win over Pittsburgh in the ECF.
LUCIC-KREJCI-HORTON LINE PACING NHL: Entering tonight’s Game 2, the members of the Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton line are pacing the NHL in several statistical categories. Krejci leads the NHL in playoff goals, assists, and points with 9-14=23 totals, while Horton ranks second at 7-11=18, and Lucic third with 5-11=16. This trio also owns the top three spots in the postseason plus-minus department with Horton leading the way at plus-22, followed by Krejci at plus-15, and Lucic at plus-14.
BERGERON & BOYCHUK ON POINT: Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk are also pacing the NHL in separate statistical categories. Bergeron—the NHL’s most proficient faceoff player in the regular season—is winning draws at a league-best 61.6% clip. Boychuk, meanwhile, is leading the NHL in blocked shots with 56.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Wednesday’s Game 1 was the third longest playoff game in Blackhawks history…Rookie forward and Calder Trophy finalist Brandon Saad netted his first career postseason goal in Game 1…Chicago enters the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in search of its fifth championship, having hoisted the Cup in 1934, 1938, 1961, and 2010…The Blackhawks return nine players from their 2010 championship team, including captain Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith…Goaltender Corey Crawford leads the NHL with 13 wins and a 1.73 postseason GAA, Crawford’s .936 postseason Save % is good for second amongst all goaltenders…The Blackhawks captured the Presidents’ Trophy after posting a 36-7-5 regular season record, which set an NHL record for most points in a 48-game season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 8-for-48 (16.7%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 48-for-55 (87.3%, 5th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 7-for-54 (13.0%, 12th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 57-for-61 (93.4%, 1st NHL).