CHICAGO -- The talking points from the Bruins' 2-1, overtime victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals:
GOLD STAR: Give it to Claude Julien and the Bruins coaching staff for putting together Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin in the second period, and getting some of the best production any of them have enjoyed during the playoffs. That line accounted for both Boston goals, and the Bruins were finally able to unlock some offense out of Kelly’s game after he’d gone pointless in the first 17 games of the postseason. Julien and his staff are often accused of being slow to adjust in games, and to sometimes get downright obstinate when it comes to making changes. But that line alteration in the middle 20 minutes was one of the biggest factors in sparking the Bruins to the victory, along with a general uptick in play across the board.
BLACK EYE: One shot on net, three giveaways and being part of a defensive pairing with Brent Seabrook that couldn’t get the puck out of their own end in overtime, Duncan Keith struggled in 32:09 of ice time against the Bruins. He wasn’t much of a factor offensively, and it appeared the constant physical pounding of the Bruins started wearing he and Niklas Hjalmarsson, down over the course of the game. On their last two shifts in the OT session, both Keith and Seabrook were both wildly flipping pucks up the ice and running around in their own end as Boston continued to pound away at them. That will be one of the things to watch throughout the entire series.
TURNING POINT: Tuukka Rask set the tone for the entire game when he stood up and made 18 saves in the first period, and turned back a Kane-Handzus-Sharp line that was doing plenty of damage in the offensive end. Patrick Sharp finally did get one past the B’s goaltender in the first period on the fourth Grade A chance of that particular shift, with Handzus clearing the way in front, but the Bruins goaltender shut the door for the rest of the game. Rask’s ability to keep it only a 1-0 game after the first lopsided 20 minutes is one of the main reasons the Bruins ended up winning it in the overtime session.
HONORABLE MENTION: Chris Kelly notched his first point of the postseason when he chipped a rebound past Corey Crawford on a play first created by the Daniel Paille wraparound attempt. It’s been a rough season for the third-line center, and the postseason hasn’t been much better as he and Rich Peverley have searched high and low to find their games. But his first goal in 23 games, and his first postseason goal since Game 1 of last year’s series against the Washington Capitals, couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Perhaps finally getting on the board will allow Kelly to stop pressing so much, and contribute in a more meaningful way.
BY THE NUMBERS: 10 – the number of hits for Milan Lucic in the Game 2 win for the Bruins, as the power forward continuously thumped the Chicago Blackhawks defensemen corps and helped slow the pace of the game after fast-forward first period.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “It was a hunch.” – Claude Julien when asked what made him put Kelly, Seguin and Paille together in the second period before they exploded for both goals in Boston’s key Game 2 win.