Hockey: Bruins say they've learned from slow start
Boston • It's not often a team gets outshot 19-4 in the first period of a game and can joke about it the following day.
However, thanks to 33 saves from Tuukka Rask and Daniel Paille's overtime winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago on Saturday night, that's exactly what the Boston Bruins were able to do at TD Garden Sunday afternoon.
"We've got to make sure we're here when the game starts," said Bruins rookie defensemen Torey Krug, who blocked two shots and registered a hit in the 2-1 victory. "It seems like we got confused as to when the game started and I'm sure it will be something that we focus on for the next game."
The idea that the Bruins would return to Boston with the best-of-seven series tied at 1-1 seemed almost laughable after Patrick Sharp's ninth goal of the postseason put the Blackhawks up 1-0 just under 12 minutes in.
And they nearly fell behind 2-0 70 seconds after Sharp's strike, as Marian Hossa jammed a rebound across the Bruins goal line only for the referees to disallow the score, saying the whistle had blown the play dead.
A fly on the wall of the Bruins locker room during the first intermission would have done well to find cover, given the level of emotion in the room following such a disappointing 20 minutes of play.
"Everyone was very vocal," said Bruins 21-year-old winger Tyler Seguin, when asked to describe the scene in the locker room. "I think [Chris Kelly] was a big part of that, saying things. In the end, we need to be better. We felt a little bit embarrassed almost and we were fortunate that Tuukka turned in an incredible game."
Following the intermission, the Bruins rallied to outshoot Chicago 24-16 the remainder of the game. However, the slow start remained perplexing to Bruins coach Claude Julien, who kidded reporters that he would be asking his team to arrive an hour earlier for Game 3 Monday.
"I felt our team was ready to play," Julien said. "Knowing the players, I was really surprised to see how much we played on our heels."
In the second period, the Bruins played with more energy and were noticeably quicker on their feet. Slowly and steadily, they regained momentum and when overtime rolled around, they had Chicago reeling.
P All games at 6 p.m.
Game 1 • Chicago 4, Boston 3 (3OT)
Game 2 • Boston 2Chicago 1 (OT)
Series tied 1-1
Game 3 • Monday, at Boston, NBCSN
Game 4 • Wednesday, at Boston, Ch. 5
x-Game 5 • Saturday, at Chicago, Ch. 5
x-Game 6 • June 24, at Boston, Ch. 5
x-Game 7 • June 26, at Chicago, Ch. 5