1. Early on in Game 2, it looked like more of the same from Game 1. Boston’s Tuukka Rask certainly came to play.
2. As did his counterpart, Chicago’s Corey Crawford.
3. A crazy, sharp-angled goal from Patrick Sharp put the Blackhawks up 1-0 in the first, and it seemed that Chicago’s sustained pressure would make this one a laugher before long.
4. But despite 14 more scoring chances, the Blackhawks only led by one.
5. Like his teammates, Dave Bolland was feeling pretty confident about how things were going. No need to actually fight anyone.
6. But Boston brought more physical play in the second period.
7. That aggression paid off when Chris Kelly chipped one past Crawford with five minutes left in the second period.
8. Corey Crawford was the only thing keeping Chicago competitive in the game by this point.
9. Any position needed to keep the puck out of the net was in play.
10. And, for the second time in two games, to overtime the Stanley Cup Finals went. Resident geezer Jaromir Jagr almost ended it for Boston right away, but his shot hit the post.
11. The old man howled into the Chicago night, and on we played.
12. But 13:48 into overtime, Daniel Paille’s physics-defying stick wristed one past Crawford’s glove side, off the post, and into the net for the game-winner.
13. Credit the Bruins’ defense for not letting the puck escape the zone under pressure from Chicago.
14. But that cross-ice pass? Magnificent.
15. Here’s the entire final sequence, with Happy Bruin and Sad Blackhawk reactions.
16. Monday, Boston, Game 3, hell yes.
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