CHICAGO – The Boston Bruins were mad when they played poorly in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Then they went out and got even with the Chicago Blackhawks.
This group of Bruins is a resilient bunch.
Daniel Paille scored at 13:48 of overtime and Boston used another great performance by goaltender Tuukka Rask to overcome a sluggish start in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday, tying the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
“We got rewarded because I thought from the second period on, we were a good team, a better team, and by the end I thought we had more chances,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
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Three days after a three-overtime thriller in the opener, Boston and Chicago once again were tied after regulation. The Bruins turned up their play and finally cashed in after goaltender Corey Crawford single-handedly kept the Blackhawks in the game.
Brandon Bollig had a turnover in the Chicago end and Tyler Seguin passed the puck to Paille, who shot it under Crawford’s glove and off the right post for his third goal of the playoffs. The shot sent the Bruins back to Boston with momentum ahead of Game 3 on Monday night.
“We just kept the pressure on and Seggy threw the puck to me,” Paille said. “I just popped out and had to shoot the puck quick, get it off my stick.”
Paille assisted on Chris Kelly’s tying goal in the second period. Rask made 33 saves.
Report: Vigneault to coach Rangers
Alain Vigneault has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the New York Rangers, a source familiar with the situation said.
The Rangers officially declined to comment on the reports, but an announcement of Vigneault’s hiring as John Tortorella’s replacement could come as soon as Sunday.
Vigneault, 52, had a 313-170-57 record in seven seasons as coach of the Vancouver Canucks.
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