Bruins take narrow lead 2-1 series lead in tight NHL championship series.
Daniel Paille scored at 13:48 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday that knotted the NHL championship Stanley Cup finals at one game apiece.
After Chicago triumphed in a triple-overtime game-one marathon, the Bruins turned the tables to pull level in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to Boston for game three on Monday.
A wraparound from behind the Chicago net along the right boards wasn’t handled by the Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig, and Boston’s Adam McQuaid pushed the puck down to Tyler Seguin.
Seguin fired the puck over to the slot, where Paille ripped it into the right corner for the victory.
The Bruins, comprehensively out-played in the first period, erased an early one-goal deficit, Chris Kelly tying the game late in the second period with his first goal of the playoffs.
Tuukka Rask made 33 saves, including 18 in a first period dominated by the Blackhawks.
The hosts seized a 1-0 lead on Patrick Sharp’s goal midway through the first.
The Bruins stepped it up in the second, with Kelly getting the equaliser with 5:02 left in the period.
Boston had some chances in the third, but Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, who finished with 26 saves, stood firm and the contest went to overtime.