Hawks fall to Bruins in OT 2-1
After coming off of that marathon game on Wednesday night the Chicago Blackhawks came out in the first period on fire and thoroughly dominated the Bruins. The Shots were 19-4 in favor of the Hawks. The unfortunate thing is they only had one goal to show for all their efforts.
The goal was scored by Patrick Sharp after a flurry of shots were blasted at the Bruins netminder with Tuukka Rask down Sharp was able to get the puck past him for the Hawks lone goal of the night. The Hawks team speed was evident in the first period as they were much faster than the Bruins.
There was another goal that was disallowed due to the whistle being blown. Whether it was this missed opportunity or that the Hawks let Boston off the hook or the Hawks horrible powerplay the momentum of the game shifted after the first period.
The Bruins were kept in by their goalie Tuukka Rask because they should have been down by more than one goal. Rask was simply brilliant in the first period.
The momentum as the game went on shifted to Boston as they appeared to find their game and get stronger as the game wore on. Also the Hawks had three power play chances that were just dreadful. The power play is actually losing momentum and could have been a factor as to why the game shifted to Boston as well.
Boston’s tying goal came from Chris Kelly on a turnover behind the Hawks net that led to a scramble in front of the Hawks net that they just could not clear and ended up behind Crawford to tie it up 1-1.
No scoring in the third period and for the second time in this series we went to overtime. The overtime saw the Bruins having the better opportunities and you felt it was only a matter of time before they buried one and they did.
There was a failed clearing out of the zone and a turn over that went to Daniel Paille that was able to snap it past Crawford. Corey Crawford was stellar again in net. He again was the difference in overtime to keep the Hawks in the game.
The series is now tied at one game apiece as the scene shifts to Boston. There are lessons to be learned for the Hawks from this game. The Hawks need to never let up and to play sixty minutes and keep skating and play your game.
Face offs are starting to also be a problem for the Hawks. No Hawk had over 50% except Michal Handzus at 58%. They did not control the puck and manage it very well as the game goes on. There was a lot of Hawk turnovers in their end and the neutral zone which they will need to clean up in Boston. The Bruins had the better of physical play and hits in this game.
The Blackhawks know they are in a series now dropping a game on home ice and must somehow steal a game in Boston if they are to regain control of this series. Also adjustments to the lines and lineup for the Hawks could happen as well for game three. Boston here come the Hawks.
Three Stars of the game:
1. Daniel Paille
2. Tuukka Rask
3. Patrick Sharp
Next game Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. CDT from Boston. Tune in on NBCSN in the U.S., or CBC and RDS in Canada; or listen in via WGN 720.
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