Better Rested Bruins Nip Hawks in OT

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Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals established a theme that may lead to unproductive work tendencies for as long as it takes to find the rightful owners of the cup. Once again the match between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks stumbled into overtime. Thankfully, it took only one extra frame for this one to be decided.

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The first period was some of the poorest hockey the Bruins played all playoffs.  The Blackhawks came out and pressed the action from start to finish, peppering the Bruins goal tender, Tuuka Rask. If it weren’t for Rask’s heroics in the opening period, the deficit going into the second may have been too tough a climb. The Blackhawks scored on a wrist shot from wingman Patrick Sharp, one of 19 shots on goal in the first period. They would not get one past Rask again.

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The rest of the game showcased the Bruins getting better with each passing moment. The equalizer for the B’s happened on a shot from center Chris Kelly at the 14:58 mark in the second period. His goal snapped a scoring drought for the team that lasted 4 periods (counting the last playoff game). Kelly, known best as a solid player who helps most with the penalty kill, always had the potential to be more of a goal scorer, and the Bruins were hoping his breakout would be soon. He arrived in the nick of time in this one.

With a chippy third period that had the Bruins mostly in control but still coming up empty, the overtime period would finally put the Boston team on the board. With a wrist shot from Daniel Paille at the 13:48 mark in the extra period, the Bruins tied up the series with the Blackhawks and return to Boston with a much desired split.

Rest, recovery, and determination is the name of the game now. Everything is even again and the venue switches. With two overtime games played and Game 3 on Monday, whoever can rise to the challenge will take the game and climb one more step toward claiming Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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