The first two games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals have not disappointed, as both the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks picked up overtime wins to open up the series. On Monday night, Game Three is expected to be another highly competitive contest.
Game Two played out much like Game One, which turned out to be an instant classic. The winning team (Boston) started out sluggish and fell into an early hole. They showed more energy in the final two periods and came away with an overtime victory.
The Blackhawks were dominant in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead and attempting 19 shots on goal, compared to the Bruins’ four. Boston was fortunate to trail by just one goal, surviving because of the stellar play of goaltender Tuukka Rask. A goal by Chris Kelly in the second forced a tie that would last almost two full periods. Daniel Paille ended things when he scored off a Boston turnover, sending a shot past Corey Crawford.
As the series shifts to Boston, the teams will have one day less rest than they did on Saturday. In two games, the clubs have played over 185 total minutes. The Bruins have the advantage of playing at home, but they lost twice at the TD Garden in the first round.
Below is the full schedule for the rest of the series, as well as Monday night’s game. The Finals is guaranteed to last at least five games.
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TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Series Schedule: Game 1: Chicago 4, Boston 3 (3OT)
Game 2: Boston 2, Chicago 1 (OT)
Game 3: at Boston, Monday, June 17, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 4: at Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 5: at Chicago, Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 6: at Boston, Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET, NBC *
Game 7: at Chicago, Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m. ET, NBC*