For nearly two periods it looked like the Bruins were well on their way to a Game 2 loss and a two games to none series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final as the Bruins came out very flat in the first stanza. But thanks to Chris Kelly’s first goal in 22 games the Bruins found some life and eventually went on to win Game 2 in overtime 2-1.
The Bruins were outshot in the first period 19-4 and failed to register any scoring chances. Patrick Sharp’s first goal of the series was the only tally in the period as the Bruins were very fortunate to be down by just the one goal after the first 20 minutes.
“You know it seemed like it was. They played a good period” said Bruins defenseman Torey Krug. “We played a poor period. When we got in the room we were lucky enough to be down by just one goal. We were able to regroup.”
The Bruins dodged a bullet later in the first as it appeared the Hawks had scored to extend their lead to two. Replays of the play showed that the puck did cross the goal line, but the goal was waved off immediately and the Blackhawks lead remained at one.
The opening frame in Game 2 was arguably the Bruins worst period of the season as the Bruins looked like a team who had no business being in the Stanley Cup Final. Obviously the Bruins were upset with their first period play, and between periods they knew they had to be better.
“It was different guys saying different things” said defenseman Adam McQuaid who assisted on Daniel Paille’s overtime game winning goal.
“We all knew that we weren’t happy with the way things were going and things needed to change. It wasn’t just one voice, but there was a few guys that were maybe a little more vocal then others.”
According to Tyler Seguin, Kelly stepped up and was pretty vocal between periods.
“It was really a mix of everybody saying something” said the 21-year old forward. “Obviously I think Kells [Chris Kelly] was one of the most vocal guys at the time.”
Seguin who was mic’d up for NHL.com knew what was coming in the Bruins’ room so he made sure his microphone was covered so what was said in the room stayed in the room.
“I definitely knew it was coming, so I threw my shoulder pads in the training room and put a towel over it so no one could hear what we were saying” said Seguin
“I think we needed that team wake-up call.”
Moving on to an important Game 3 the Bruins know they need to come out of the gate much better. Head coach Claude Julien is faced with the task of making that happen.
“Well, maybe bring them in an hour earlier. But you know, again I don’t think our team has played a bad first period like that in a long time. I don’t expect it to happen again ” said Julien.
No matter what Julien thinks will help his club start better, the bottom line is they need to play a better opening 20 minutes as they search for a full 60-minute effort for the fist time this series, or in this case with the way the first two contests have gone, a 60-plus-minute effort.
“Nonetheless, we have to have a better start. You learn from past mistakes. That’s a mistake I think our team hopefully had learnt” added Julien.
Despite the goal by Sharp, goalie Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins in the game with 18 first period saves. The Bruins know they needed to give Rask more support in the first period as they left their goalie out to dry on numerous occasions in Game 2.
“There’s no question that we didn’t feel too good about our first period” added McQuaid. “When that’s the case, you’re relying on your goaltender. Again like I said, he kept us in it and gave us a chance.”