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Playoffs tonight: Can the Bruins answer back in Game 2?

Jun 15, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Michael Jordan, Jonathan Toews AP

Wednesday night’s Game 1 was an incredible thriller. Can Game 2 live up to that hype or are we in store for a tighter game?

Game 2: Chicago Blackhawks host Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET — NBCSN/Live Extra)
Chicago leads series 1-0

After the triple-overtime epic that was Game 1, the pressure is on the Boston Bruins to see if they can bounce back from such a tough loss. Unfortunately, they head into Game 2 with some looming questions.

The main worry is the health of Nathan Horton. The big forward left Game 1 with an apparent shoulder injury, one that’s reportedly nagged him all playoffs, but after practicing yesterday it looks like he could go. If his issue is a chronic dislocated shoulder, however, that could be a major problem as it can reoccur at any time. (Update: Horton will play Game 2)

That shifts the questions to the play of Tyler Seguin. Seguin has popped off a lot of shots in the postseason and has just one goal to his name. If he’s needed in a larger role tonight, can he be a difference maker? Boston might need him to be that no matter what.

This isn’t all about the Bruins, of course. After taking Game 1, Chicago seemed to be clicking pretty well. They dominated in puck possession and outshot the Bruins by a wide margin. Is there anything that really needs to be adjusted? Coach Joel Quenneville might tell you the power play could use work after it did a miserable job of generating scoring chances in Game 1.

The difference maker tonight, however, could be Corey Crawford who the Blackhawks couldn’t rave over hard enough after Game 1. Throw in captain Jonathan Toews‘ endorsement for Crawford to be Team Canada’s goalie at the Olympics and it’s a full-on love fest in the Windy City.

This is where we remind you that Tuukka Rask has been equally outstanding for Boston and we should expect more of the same stellar goaltending we saw in Game 1 from both players.

  1. wisdomnfl - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Boston has too much heart, look for them to even the series today.

    • alexbaymac - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Blackhawks have no shortage on heart either….but it’s goals that win games!
      But what a series this we have here! Awesome…

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        alex, I agree completely with your first sentence. On your second, we’ve had one epic game. We’ll learn tonight and in days to come if we get any more great games and can call it a great series. Most of us hope we do, but it’s way too soon to call it a great series.

  2. tangledupinblue12 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I’m a Hawks fan and I thought Rask was incredible. He certainly stopped more shots.

    I thought Crawford might have made some more difficult saves, because the Hawks threw a bunch of weak slaps from the blue line at Rask. But either way, both goalies were incredible, and isn’t that exactly the kind of net-minding we want to see in the finals? Hell yes.

    • winefool - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Yeah and one of those ‘weak slaps’ from the blue line yielded the game-winning goal…

  3. pedroskybb - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    “They dominated in puck possession and out-shot the Bruins by a wide margin” – really? We’re we watching the same game? B’s were out-shot by 9 when it was all said and done.

    B’s had the better of the play in the first period and OT…CHI stepped it up in the 2nd & 3rd…a pretty even game IMO.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Chicago attempted 47 more shots than Boston did. I think that’s what Joe Yerdon was referring to. You’re correct about the shots on goal margin being slim. Chicago grossly outshot Boston, but many were off target – or blocked, as the B’s are crazy (in a good way) shot blockers.

  4. detroitcityy - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    LETS GO RED WINGS

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Red Wings? Ha. Losers. Leafs in 6.

  5. spitfisher - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Bounce back? Tough loss?

    these are the Boston Bruins, apparently the writer did not see the Toronto finish….

    “was it over when the Germans attacked Pearl Harbor” John Belushi Animal House.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    FWIW, in the 32 previous episodes of 3OT games that did not end a series, 9 of the teams that lost the long game regrouped and won that series. Looking just the Finals, we see 5 previous 3OT games that did not end the season, and 3 of the losers of those long games came back and won the Cup. This could be good news for those of us who just want a great series.

  7. infectorman - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Bruins were out shot and seemed a step slow for a healthy portion of the game. Hawks are fast and a much better fore-checking team than Pitt or Rangers.

    That said 2 very lucky bounces netted 2 goals for the Hawks.
    B’s had 3 beautiful goals and the Hawks had 2 and 2 that fall into the “throw enough sh*t against the wall and some of it will stick” category.

    Also Boston had better opportunities in the 3rd OT and unbelievably could not put it in the net. Hats off to Hawks D and Crawford.
    Lets hope for another good game tonite!

  8. 8man - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    No good at predicting the future…but my gut tells me the Bs must win tonight. Hawks far too good a team to lose 4 of 5. Three of four, maybe. Not four of five.

    If it’s 1-1 tomorrow we have a series. If it’s 2-0, we won’t see game six.

  9. gallyhatch - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I love the Bruins, I think they have a ton of heart and are an incredible hockey team.. . . but this is a must win for them. If they don’t win tonight, I don’t think they’ll be able to climb out of an 0-2 hole against this Blackhawks team. I know they did it against the Canucks a couple of years ago, but I think this ‘Hawks team is much better than that Vancouver team.

    Let’s go B’s.

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