Incredible Start and No Finish as Hawks lose 2-1 in OT

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Chicago Blackhawks dropped Game 2 in overtime by a 2-1 margin as the Boston Bruins evened the series. The Bruins were thoroughly outplayed in the opening period, but most games aren’t won because of playing only one strong period. Boston showed their resolve and was the better team for the majority of the contest and deserved the victory.

In Game 1 the Blackhawks third line outplayed their counterparts and was a significant factor in two goals. On Saturday night the Bruins newly formed third line made the difference. In what was described as a gut feeling by head coach Claude Julien, a different third line was rolled out for Game 2. Chris Kelly played in the middle flanked by Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin as the trio accounted for the two Boston goals.

The Bruins were never dominated in the post season the way the Hawks handled them in the opening frame. 

Chicago was credited with 19 shots while Boston could only muster four shots on goal. In Game 1, Corey Crawford’s play in the first OT session led the Blackhawks to victory. Last night Tuukka Rask was great in period one and kept his team afloat. This could be considered a goalie win by Rask although the Hawks didn’t put forth a sustained challenge after the first period.

Maybe it was the added emotion of playing at home and a super adrenaline rush to begin the game but the Hawks looked tired as the night wore on. The Bruins chased the puck in the first frame and recorded 19 hits as that type of punishment could have helped to sap some energy from the home team.

One of the tradeoffs of playing puck possession hockey is Boston will have the opportunity to make a lot of hits. They are very good at finishing checks but it isn’t easy to pound away at an opponent for an entire match.

It also isn’t easy to play at such a fast pace and high level as the Hawks demonstrated to start Game 2. It took Boston almost 15 minutes to sustain any meaningful offensive zone time but they came out the better club to begin the second frame.
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