Jun 16

Puck Daddy: Five reasons why the Boston Bruins won Game 2

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two

“They scored more goals than the Blackhawks!”

Well, yeah, but there are reasons why the Boston Bruins won Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final over the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 in overtime, to even the series at 1-1. Here are five:

1. The Bruins’ Worst Was Their First

If you’re going to completely suck in a Stanley Cup Playoff game, better it’s the first period on the road than, say, overtime. The Blackhawks embarrassed the Bruins in the opening frame, outshooting them 19-4 and taking a 1-0 lead on Patrick Sharp’s goal. As Jaromir Jagr said after the game: “If someone watched the first period they would say ‘Give (Chicago) the Cup right now.”‘

But the Bruins leveled the ice in the second period, and arguably outplayed the Hawks in the last 33:48 of the game before Daniel Paille’s goal ended it.