CHICAGO — Winger Daniel Paille scored in overtime, and the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 Saturday to tie the Stanley Cup finals at one game apiece.
The Blackhawks failed to clear the puck along the boards. Tyler Seguin picked it up and delivered a cross-ice pass to Paille, who beat Corey Crawford on his glove side for the winner at 13:48 of the extra period.
Game 3 is Monday at Boston.
It’s the second consecutive year that the first two games of the finals have gone to overtime, this one coming after the Blackhawks won a 4-3 triple-OT thriller in Game 1.
Crawford and Boston’s Tuukka Rask were outstanding in goal again after coming up big in the opener, turning away shot after shot in the extra period until Paille scored.
Boston winger Jaromir Jagr just missed scoring the winner in the opening minutes of overtime when his shot from the right circle hit the crossbar, his second near miss in as many games. Chris Kelly, who scored in the second period for Boston, had a shot from the slot stopped by Crawford at 5:39 of overtime.
Rask also stood his ground down the stretch, just as he did in the opening period, when Chicago simply fired away at him.
The Blackhawks swarmed the Bruins in the early going, taking the lead in the first period on Patrick Sharp’s ninth goal of the postseason.
They continued to dictate the tempo until Kelly tied it with just over five minutes remaining in the second. Paille skated out from behind the net, beating Nick Leddy with a neat move for a wraparound shot. Crawford made the save, but Kelly crashed the net and knocked in the rebound.
The Bruins nearly grabbed the lead with just over a minute remaining in the period after Paille picked off Duncan Keith’s pass and flipped the puck to a breaking Brad Marchand. He got pulled down by Brent Seabrook as his shot hit the inside of the right post, preserving the tie.
Either way, the Bruins had to like the way the period ended after being dominated most of the way.
They ended up outshooting Chicago 8-4 in the second after getting outgunned 19-4 in the first. The Blackhawks held a 28-19 edge in shots through regulation.
Rask finished with 33 saves, while Crawford had 26.
The Bruins nearly took the lead early in the third when Jagr made a cross-ice pass to Marchand for a one-timer. Crawford came across the crease to block it with his body. Boston also had some chances in the closing minutes, with a shot by Jagr getting deflected over the net by Keith, and Johnny Boychuk’s attempt from the blue line getting stopped by Crawford.
The Boston rally was in stark contrast to the early going, when the Blackhawks teed off and finally broke through with 8:38 left in the first period after Rask stopped a backhand and wrist shot by Patrick Kane.
The flurry continued with a slap shot by Michael Rozsival, and with the Bruins scrambling in the zone, Sharp wound up with the puck on the right side. He fired it past a screened Rask to give the Blackhawks the lead, with the Bruins’ Kaspars Daugavins and Andrew Ference jammed in front trying to cover Dave Bolland.
Crawford wasn’t really tested in the early going, other than a nice glove save on a high shot by Jagr midway through the first period and a point-blank stop on Rich Peverley with 1:35 remaining.
Nathan Horton was in the lineup for the Bruins after leaving the series opener with an injured left shoulder, a huge boost for the Bruins.