How the Bruins were able to turn it around
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org June 16, 2013 12:30AM
2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two
Updated: July 17, 2013 7:13AM
After getting outshot 19-4 in the first period and trailing only 1-0, the Bruins were thinking the obvious.
‘‘Tuukka [Rask] was solid, and we realized we could have been down more than one. We definitely counted ourselves lucky that we were [that close],’’ said Daniel Paille, who scored in overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. ‘‘But we were able to respond in the second and third [periods].’’
But there was more than just relief in the Bruins’ locker room after the Hawks dominated them in the first period. They chewed each other out a little bit. And coach Claude Julien made a line change that turned to gold, putting Tyler Seguin with Paille and Chris Kelly.
‘‘A sense of desperation came in,’’ Milan Lucic said. ‘‘You never want to get yourself down 2-0. That’s what we were talking about in the dressing room between periods, so we wanted to go out there and give ourselves a chance.
‘‘We were more desperate on pucks, trying to win pucks. Hunt the puck better and win more battles. I think we were able to do that more and more as the game went along after the first period.’’
After Rask thwarted the Hawks’ onslaught in the first period, the Bruins turned things around by playing their game. They outhit the Hawks 18-4 in the second period.
‘‘Being physical is a big part of our game,’’ said Lucic, who had five of his 10 hits in the second period. ‘‘When things aren’t going your way, you try to get yourself into it any way you can.
‘‘That’s what I was trying to do, be physical and get in on the forecheck, and it seemed like things started to happen for us after that.’’
After being outshot after one period, the Bruins outshot the Hawks 24-15.
‘‘They definitely came out with a lot of speed in the first period, and we wanted to change that,’’ Paille said. ‘‘Playing physical is part of our game where we’ve been successful. We started to pick up the pace when that happened. We have to continue that.’’
The line change by Julien paid off when Kelly scored off a rebound of a shot by Paille to tie the game 1-1 with 5:02 left in the second period. And the makeshift line came through again when Seguin fed Paille for the game-winner 13:48 into overtime.
‘‘I figured we had to do something because we weren’t doing much in that first period,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘We’re a big, strong team. We want to finish our hits when they’re there, try to wear teams down. We didn’t really have the puck a whole lot, [so] there were lots of times to hit. Maybe it was a little one-sided that way.’’