Daniel Paille snipes game-winner in OT, Bruins-’Hawks split in Chicago

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Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1

After slow start, Bruins rally to win in OT, even series heading back to Boston.

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or the second straight game, the Bruins and Blackhawks needed extra hockey to find a deciding goal in their Stanley Cup Final matchup. This time, though, it took only one extra period instead of three.

Daniel Paille sent some game-winning magic off the blade of his stick at the 13:48 mark of the first overtime period, giving the Bruins the 2-1 victory and evening the Cup Final series at one game apiece heading back to Boston.

Jaromir Jagr nearly ended it a minute and a half into overtime when clanked some heavy iron on a wicked wrister. The Jagr was not pleased that the puck didn’t find its way into some twine.

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The Blackhawks severely outplayed the Bruins through the first two periods, but especially in the first, when the ‘Hawks outshot the Bruins 19 to 4. Tuukka Rask was great from the get-go, stopping 18 of 19 in the opening period to help bail out his teammates.

Chicago’s only goal of the first came at the 11:22 mark of the first period when Andrew Sharp was able to pick one on a sprawled Rask, who had stopped a barrage of shots just prior.

Sharp’s shot somehow navigated its way through a crowded crease and found it’s way into the top corner of the net to put the Blackhawks up 1-0.

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The B’s might have caught a break shortly after Sharp’s goal when a Marian Hossa looked to stuff the puck through Rask and past the Bruins goal line, but the referees blew the whistle and waved off the goal. A review followed and the call stood.

The Blackhawks continued to outplay the Bruins for the majority of the second period, but with five minutes to go in the period the Bruins managed to pull even when Chris Kelly (yep, that Chris Kelly) tallied his first playoff point for the B’s when he buried a Corey Crawford rebound after a Paille wraparound attempt.

The Blackhawks powerplay has looked pretty inept through much of Game 2, with the Bruins killing off all three Chicago man-advantages with relative ease.

Regulation’s final period brought more of an even-keeled matchup between the two teams. The Bruins have tightened up and created some chances in the offensive end while Chicago has created chances of their own. Both goaltenders have been strong, keeping everything sent at them out of the net.

Then overtime came, and Dan Paille became the hero with his second point of the night.

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