On Saturday night, the Boston Bruins evened the score. In overtime, the Bruins’ Daniel Paille scored and now the teams are tied, 1-1, heading to Boston. Sports editor Jon Styf and reporter Meghan Montemurro discuss:
Styf: Now, it’s the Bruins series. They go home, they win, they have a major lead. They stole one. Now, the Blackhawks need to steal one back, soon.
Montemurro: Considering how much the Hawks dominated the first period, this loss is much more painful than the Bruins losing Game 1 after holding a two-goal lead. Wasted opportunities will haunt the Hawks, especially after again failing to score on the power play. Might as well take a two-minute nap when the Hawks have the man advantage, it’s been that bad. But maybe everyone is making too much out of their lackluster power play unit. It has yet to cost them in the playoffs, right?
Styf: By the end, everyone looked tired. Like they had run a marathon. They probably had skated the equivalent. The Bruins celebration was even a little lackluster. Nathan Horton looked more ready for bed than anything.
Montemurro: Well, the Hawks will be kicking themselves. For whatever reason, they just seemed to run out of energy as the game went on. In overtime, it felt like a matter of time before the Bruins were going to score. Now they have to head to Boston, not the easiest place to win, and take at least one game. You can’t come back to Chicago down 3-1.
Styf: Well they could, pretty easily. That’s the scary part. But we knew this wouldn’t be easy for either team. With these two games, it’s fitting things are even. Nothing has been decided. And we know it will be at least a week until it is.
Styf: They won at Detroit. They will take one at Boston. This one will be won between Games 5 and 6 in my opinion. Probably will end in Boston, we both know what I picked (Bruins in 6). I’m sticking with it.
Montemurro: I thought the Blackhawks’ triple overtime win would spark them and lead them to the Stanley Cup title. But after tonight’s blown chance, I’m sticking with my pre-series gut instinct: Bruins in 6.
Styf: That agreement made me instinctively want to change my pick. But I’ll live with it. There’s a lot of hockey left to play. A ton. Thank goodness they were sensible and started these games at 7. I would hate to see how late one of these games would go on the West Coast or, God forbid, the outer reaches of Canada (it’s later and darker there, right?)
Montemurro: I agree, there’s still plenty of hockey left to play. But the sting of the overtime loss isn’t going away anytime soon. Bring on Beantown.