Dan Paille was the overtime hero, giving the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two, evening the Stanley Cup Final at one win apiece.
Not only did Paille score the game-winning goal, but he also created the scoring chance that led to Boston's first goal, deking Blackhawks D Nick Leddy behind the Chicago net and Paille's scoring attempt coming from behind the net led to Chris Kelly knocking in the rebound. It was Kelly's first goal of the playoffs.
Chicago has been the team getting more production throughout the playoffs from their depth forwards. Forwards that have played fewer than 17 minutes per game in the playoffs for Boston have scored nine goals (three from injured C Gregory Campbell), including both in Game Two. Blackhawks forwards under that same ice time threshold have scored 22 goals.
Chicago opened the game utterly dominating Boston, outshooting the Bruins 19-4 in the first period (30-5 in shot attempts), before Boston balanced the scales, outshooting Chicago 24-15 over the rest of the game.
Despite that early dominance, Chicago only scored once, a goal by Patrick Sharp, giving him nine goals in the postseason. Chicago could have had another goal, but what appeared to be a goal by Marian Hossa was disallowed when it was ruled that the referee blew the whistle. Sharp and Hossa tied with a game-high seven shots on goal, while Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Michal Rozsival had the strongest possession numbers of the night.
Bruins RW Jaromir Jagr, still searching for his first goal of the playoffs, led the Bruins with five shots on goal and fired a puck off the crossbar in overtime.
Bruins LW Milan Lucic didn't register a shot on goal, but had 10 hits, all of which came in the first two periods.
The Blackhawks' inability to put the Bruins away early came back to haunt them. Through the ebbs and flows of the first two games, it's been evident that Chicago can control play using their speed and puck skills, while the Bruins can shift the tenor of the game when they get physical and force turnovers on the forecheck. At different times, in both games, each team has held the advantage playing to their respective strengths.
That Boston returns home with a split, however, gives them the slight advantage going forward but, as one might expect when the first two games go to overtime, there is a very fine line between winning and losing in this series.
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