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"The Boston Bruins were on the ice in the first period Saturday night, but they weren't exactly skating at the same frenetic, fantastic pace as the Chicago Blackhawks," Dan Rosen writes for NHL.com.
"It looked like they had more guys out there than we did," Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said. "They were pouncing on every single puck in front of net, had a lot of chances. We definitely played pretty bad. But, you know, it was good that we were only down by one and regrouped after that."
"Rask made 18 saves in the first period to keep Boston in the game. The Bruins slowed the pace and established the style they wanted to play in the second period before winning 2-1 in overtime in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center.
"The Bruins tied the game on Chris Kelly's first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs late in the second and kept it that way into overtime, when they had several dangerous chances before Daniel Paille finally won it with a shot from the left side at 13:48."
The NHL didn't have Paille mic'd like they had Andrew Shaw the other night, but they did have Tyler Seguin mic'd, and he got the assist on the game-winning goal.
And what a game it was for Seguin.
"For a couple of anxious, hand-wringing days, Bruins fans wondered if Tyler Seguin could deliver the postseason goods if, as went the assuming, he was going to skate with David Krejci and Milan Lucic as a replacement for the injured Nathan Horton," Steve Buckley writes for the Boston Herald.
"But in the real world of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals last night at Chicago's United Center, Nathan Horton wound up playing. And Seguin wound up darting about on a line with Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly.
"And guess what: Seguin emerged as a leader on so many levels.
Did he score a goal last night?
Did he play a key role in the Bruins' thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks to square this series at one won apiece?
That's absolutely, positively what Tyler Seguin did.
On the game-winner, netted by Paille at the 13:48 mark of the first overtime period - sorry, only one this time - it was Seguin who set things up with a pass across the ice in front of Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.
And on the game-tying goal, netted by Chris Kelly at 14:58 of the second period, it was Seguin (though he didn't get credited with an assist) who bumped Patrick Sharp off the puck behind the net, thus creating an opportunity for Paille to take it out front.
One assist. One brilliant display of aggressiveness. All this on a night when the Bruins were so thoroughly, embarrassingly outplayed in the first period that it was a Miracle on Ice that the Blackhawks led only 1-0.
Given the leadership Tyler Seguin displayed last night, let's have him take us through all that.
Click through for that.
"Corey Crawford barely broke a sweat during a lopsided first period, but made some big stops with his glove as the Bruins got their legs moving," Allan Muir writes for SI.com.
"There wasn't much he could do on Boston's first goal, an ugly but effective net crash by Chris Kelly, but there was a play to be made on Daniel Paille's OT winner.
"Crawford moved across his crease effectively, but failed to track the puck as it came off Paille's stick, allowing it to beat him far side under the arm.
"At that point of the game, Crawford has to make that stop."
Here's what it looked like from Crawford's point of view:
Glenn Beck wearing a Blackhawks hat is surely a sign that the end is near.
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"You spelled Ditka wrong on your shirt." - What I heard a woman say to a #Blackhawks fan wearing a Stan Mikita Jersey last night.— Yale Cohn (@TalkingWithYale) June 16, 2013
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Posted on Feb 13, 2019