If you watched the first half of this game, you know the Bruins had no business being in it, let alone winning it. But Rask was outstanding in a first period where the Blackhawks outshot the Bruins 19-4, holding Chicago to just one goal, and when Boston finally got on the board, suddenly they were in a tie game. Rask made 33 saves in the Bruins' 2-1 win and is far and away the biggest reason this series is tied at one game apiece heading back to Boston.
No. 2 Star: Daniel Paille
It was a big night for Paille, who was in on both Boston goals, assisting on Chris Kelly's game-tying marker and ending the affair in overtime by beating Corey Crawford with a sweet shot. Here's that goal again, from the perspective of the net cam:
No. 3 Star: Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
It was a great night for Sharp, who had a game-high seven shots on goal and a team-high one shot in goal.
Honourable Mention: 7 shots and a game-high even-strength Corsi rating of plus-11 for Marian Hossa... Rich Peverley went 9-for-11 on faceoffs... I enjoyed the sneaky play by Niklas Hjalmarsson at the beginning of this clip, when he avoids a pokecheck by picking up the blade of David Krejci's stick and throwing it up against the glass:
Did You Know? Through two games, the Blackhawks and Bruins have now played 185:56. It's like you got a bonus game in there! Slowly but surely, they're making up for the lockout.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. David Krejci, Boston Bruins; 2. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; 3. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks 4. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; 5. Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins; 7. Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks; 8. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins; 9. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; 10. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks.
Dishonourable mention: Marian Hossa scored a goal in this game, only to have it waived off due to a blown whistle. That one probably should have counted... While he had 10 hits, Milan Lucic didn't register a single shot on goal. The only other Bruins to do that were Kaspars Daugavins, Shawn Thornton, and Adam McQuaid.
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