Stanley Cup Final: Game 2 Wrap-up

Posted: 06/16/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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The first period was one of the most one-sided you’ll ever see in hockey. The Blackhawks out shot the Bruins 19-4. Attempted shots were counted at 30-6. Even so Chicago skated off the ice with just a 1-0 lead. Even on the goal they took 6-7 shots that Boston was unable to clear or Rask unable to hold until Sharp finally pounced on a rebound, deked one Bruins defender and put it behind Rask.

The story of the first 20 minutes was Chicago domination and control while Rask stood up for every challenge save the one. The Blackhawks thought they went up by two goals when Marian Hossa pushed Rask and the puck over the goal line during a scrum. The goal was waived off by on ice Wes McCauley and the decision upheld on video review from the war room in Toronto. McCauley maintained that he had intended to blow the play dead prior to the puck crossing the goal line.

Chicago was less dominant in the second. The Bruins kept the Blackhawks in front of them or the ‘hawks were unable to get in behind the Bruin defenders. In other words, the Bruins held inside position on the Blackhawks during most if not all of the one on one battles. The noticeable difference was the Bruins picked up their skating.

At 14:52 of the second Chris Taylor found the back of the Chicago net to tie it a one apiece.

Both coaches switched up their lines to counter what the opposite side was doing. Joel Quenneville reunited Toews and Kane on the top line and moved Hossa to the second line with Handzus and Patrick Sharp. Claude Julien moved Chris Kelly off the 4th line center Seguin and Paille in place of Rich Peverly.

The third was evenly played as the Bruins seemed able to keep the Blackhawks on the outside.

As the game moved into overtime it was all Boston. David Paille iced it at 13:48 when Brandon Bollig was unable to move the puck out over the Chicago blue line on an around the boards clearing attempt. Bruins D-man Adam McQuaid corralled the biscuit at the point and dished to Tyler Seguin on the mid-boards. Seguin spotted Paille alone in the high slot and executed a tape to tape pass. Paille wristed it past Crawford high glove side to complete the tic tac toe game winning goal.

By winning one in Chicago, Boston negates home ice advantage enjoyed the Blackhawks. The series moves to Boston where the teams square off Monday night.

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Comments
  1. Prediction for the remainder of the series?

    • bc says:

      I’m much better post-dicting than predicting. but sticking to to pre-series guess of Blackhawks in 7. Sam, the prediction part of blogging is the one I’m least comfortable doing. We put ourselves out there everyday but it seems like your graded on how well you help the gamblers. Nevermind that we play the games because we don’t who will win. End of rant.

      This series is almost too close to call. In the end Chicago’s depth and overall team speed will prove to be too much for the Bruins. Chicago has been a tad sloppy in the Bruins end, especially on the PP. Expect your ‘hawks to get a sharper as they figure out the Bruins.

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