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CHICAGO -- Daniel Paille beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford with a wrist shot in overtime and the Boston Bruins evened the Stanley Cup Finals at one game each with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Paille, who assisted on Boston's first goal, scored 13:48 into overtime, three days after the teams battled through a three-overtime opener.

Game 3 is Monday in Boston.

The Blackhawks had their six-game home winning streak snapped and the Bruins improved to 6-3 on the road.

The first eight minutes of overtime offered more action than the entire third period and most of the second as both teams tried to avoid another lengthy night.

It was the third straight OT game for the Blackhawks, who beat Los Angeles 4-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals before a draining 4-3, three-overtime victory over Boston in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

Jaromir Jagr nearly ended it 90 seconds into overtime, but his wrist shot that beat Crawford to the glove side ricocheted off the post and out of play. The 41-year-old Jagr had a team-high four shots on goal during regulation.

Crawford again stymied the Bruins four minutes later with a point-blank stop on Chris Kelly and then covering the puck in the crease on a deflection.

The Bruins kept the pressure up as a shot by Nathan Horton trickled wide of the left post, and Milan Lucic backhanded a shot wide from the top of the crease.

Chicago missed its best chance to end it about seven minutes into the extra session when a blast from Patrick Sharp sailed just high of the net over Boston goalie Tuukka Rask's glove.

This marked the second consecutive year the first two games of the Finals went to overtime. Before that, it hadn't happened in 61 years.

A scoreless third period provided few chances on either side. Crawford, who had 18 saves through regulation, stopped a charging Brad Marchand early in the period.

Crawford also turned aside a low shot from David Krejci a short time later as the Bruins continued to build after being outshot 19-4 in the first period. That was Krejci's first shot, which didn't come until nearly 45 minutes into the game.

Rask made 27 saves in regulation but only eight after the first period.

Neither team was able to take advantage of their power plays through regulation. The Bruins killed off all three Chicago opportunities, remaining perfect on their past 22 consecutive penalties.

Chicago, which had allowed a power-play goal in its past two games, killed off all three Boston man-advantages through regulation.

The Blackhawks did everything right in the first period and got on the scoreboard first.

Sharp scored from inside the right faceoff circle after a scramble in front of the Bruins goal. With Rask down in the crease, Sharp lifted a high shot into the net at 11:22 for his ninth goal of the playoffs.

About a minute later, Chicago thought it had added to the lead on a wraparound attempt by Jonathan Toews. But it was ruled no goal on the ice and the call stood upon video review.

The Bruins were outshot 19-4 in the first period but almost scored about nine minutes in. However, a Jaromir Jagr shot from the slot was gloved by Crawford.

Rask stopped 18 shots in the first period, after making a career-high 59 saves in the opener on Wednesday night. His most impressive save came six minutes in when he robbed Nick Leddy with a quick glove.

Despite their limited scoring chances, the Bruins were able to tie it 1-1 in the second period on a Kelly goal at 14:58. A turnover behind the Chicago net was grabbed by Paille, who skated to the front and fed Kelly for his first goal of the playoffs.

Marchand nearly gave the Bruins the lead late in the second period on a short-handed chance. He beat Brent Seabrook to a loose puck in the Blackhawks' zone, but his shot hit the post to Crawford's left.

NOTES: Horton was back in the Bruins' lineup despite leaving Game 1 on Wednesday night in the first overtime and not returning with a reported shoulder injury. ... Sharp (6) and Marian Hossa (5) had more first-period shots than the Bruins (4). ... Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals are 32-3 all time, but two of those losses came in the past four seasons. The Bruins lost the first two games to Vancouver before rallying to win the 2011 Stanley Cup. ... There hasn't been a split of the first two games in the Finals since 2004.
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